Shelter for a Shared Journey

Bevan and Liberatos design for BAR building

A design by our Architects Bevan and Liberatos for a building for the City of Charleston’s Planning Dpt. and Board of Architectural Review

This page will follow new developments in the effort to build an improved bus stop near the intersection of S. Shelmore Blvd. and Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, SC.  This project engages some of Charleston finest designers of classical architecture, local craftsmen, landowners, government agencies and other community stakeholders.  We are grateful for the assistance of a remarkable Architectural Firm with classical vision Bevan and Liberatos.

Roof Detail S. Shelmore Bus Stop

Roof detail of proposed bus stop, S. Shelmore Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC

This page will get more content and links after the Holidays.  Nothing is “set in stone” yet, but if you have some stone, we might be able to use it in the future.

This design for a bus shelter is the starting point in a community process.  Our architect has chosen to aim high, but much has to be done before this or something else can provide welcome and comfort to transit riders in the “New Village.”  This design has to be reviewed by Engineers for wind and storm resistance and people experienced in building and maintaining public transit infrastructure for durability, vandalism resistance and compliance with disability laws.  Permission to erect a shelter at the location has to be secured from both the property owner and the Town of Mount Pleasant, both of which have to approve the final design.  Approval from the Highway Department may be required.  When all that is done the project has to be funded, the site prepared and finally the structure constructed.  Following all of that it has to be cleaned and maintained.

Take a look at the preliminary, proposed classical design.

bus stopped by bench closer view

The bus stop for the “New Village” in Mount Pleasant, SC on the Westbound CARTA #40 bus route, near the intersection of S. Shelmore Blvd. and Johnnie Dodds Blvd, near the Shelmore BI-LO in June 2013 after Hungryneck Straphangers installed a temporary bench at the stop.

We could look at each of these many steps as an obstacle of red tape, but we have chosen the project because it is hard and is worthy of beauty.  Each step an interaction with our community, partners and government is an opportunity to engage and educate.  If those steps go well this design will evolve into an example which will not merely shelter our neighbors and visitors to our community, but serve as an inspiration to the growing transit community across the nation connected by Americans for Transit, including the people working on transit and their new shelters in Richland County, SC.

Work on this project began last summer.  Read our previous post on the S. Shelmore Bus Stop effort.

Transit Services at this Bus Stop

This stop is served by the CARTA #40 Bus Route, which serves this stop and runs between Wando High School and the Visitor’s Center in Downtown Charleston.  Downtown it connects to the Free DASH  bus service running in historic Charleston and regular CARTA routes stopping at the Marty Street Transit Center running to the Airport, North Charleston, West Ashley, James Island and Summerville.  The #40 runs every 40 minutes Monday through Saturday and once an hour on Sunday.  You can find out when the next bus running to downtown will arrive at the stop by using Bus tracker and entering: CARTA; 40 Mount Pleasant; Westbound; Johnnie Dodds Blvd. S. Shelmore Blvd, Norht of 17.

Like Transit itself, the effort to build this bus shelter is a shared journey.  Despite its difficulties, it offers the greater reward of a thing accomplished together.

Upcoming Riders’ Advocacy Event

Citizen's Hearing on Public Transit

SC State Senator Marlon Kimpson and Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit, Inc. invite the people of the SC Lowcountry to the first Citizen’s Hearing on Public Transit on Tuesday, August 4 from 6 to 8 pm. at the International Longshoreman’s Hall at 1142 Morrison Dr, in Charleston, SC. The Longshoreman’s Hall is on the CARTA 11, 10, 20 & 104 Bus lines.

This will be an old fashioned type of public hearing. Anyone present will be given the opportunity to speak to the entire gathering, to put up images for everyone to see and to file written comments in a publically available internet archive.

Local organizations and campaigns will be offered the opportunity to setup information tables. However we’re asking political candidates to present their thoughts at public forums to be held in the fall and to use this opportunity to hear from the public. We record the entire hearing and stream it to the internet.

Food trucks will be available in the parking lot to provide evening meals for those present.

Input received at this hearing will be used to help Senator Kimpson and Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit shape their respective plans for moving our region towards more efficient and useful public transit in the next year.

Full information on this effort can be found at