Speak out Against CARTA Cuts on May 16

Transit advocates demonstrate against planned CARTA service cuts on May 1, 2012

Transit advocates demonstrate against planned CARTA service cuts on May 1, 2012 in Charleston, SC

Transit riders have made it clear:

  1.  Build on the success of increasing ridership (up 15% to 425 thousand in March 2012) and farebox revenue (Up 8%)
  2. Stop the cuts
  3. Adopt a long term plan for CARTA to build a dependable, basic bus transit system for our region, with night and weekend service, and safe, comfortable and accessible stops.

Please join us at the CARTA Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 2 pm at the Lonnie Hamilton County Office Building 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405 (Transit directions below) to be heard during the public comment period.  Speakers usually have 2 minutes.  If you can’t be there, sign our online petition now which will be presented to the board members then.  For those riders present at the meeting, we’ll have T-shirts for you to wear to show your support for basic, functional bus transit for the Charleston area.  If you aren’t comfortable speaking in public, you can hand in written comments or just wear a shirt and raise your hand in a show of support.

Unless we act now, together for a better system which serves everyone, we’ll end up fighting each other over pieces of the system this summer, the long term strategy of opponents of public transit where riders lose.


Students from the University School of the Lowcountry address the CARTA board in September 2011

Students from the University School of the Lowcountry in Mt. Pleasant Address the CARTA Board

Bus directions to the CARTA Board Meeting

The CARTA #103 runs on Leeds Ave and the nearest stop is 0.3 miles from the Lonnie Hamilton Building.  Some of the possible trips indicated here stop on Rivers Ave., which is a 1.1 mile walk to the Lonnie Hamilton Building.  It is side walked the entire distance.  If you get there early, there are places to rest inside the building.  All persons entering the building will be subject to security scanning.  Auto parking at the Lonnie Hamilton Building, in a lot costing millions of dollars is free.

Background Information on the plan and cuts


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 http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/?p=3785