Thanks Mr. Thigpen Bench Repaired

Two weeks ago the donated bench for the #40 Bus stop at N. Shelmore Drive in Mount Pleasant was found taken apart in the bushes.  This stop gets moderate use and is a pleasant one due to it’s shade, good sidewalk access in three directions, nearby store with restrooms and available rain shelter when necessary under the nearby Bank Drive through.  The bench was donated by the I’On Biznet community organization several years ago.

Interior View of CARTA bus

Interior view of CARTA bus.

Upon finding the bench disassembled, we contacted Steve Thigpen, Director of Transportation Development, who handles public issues for the JDB highway reconstruction project.  Two days later we recieved this wonderful news in his reply.

 Mr. Hamilton,

We have looked at the bench near the CVS. We found the bench in a pile and it appears that someone had taken the bench apart and put it behind the orange fencing in a pile. We did not find any broken pieces that would indicate that the bench had been run over by construction equipment. The contractor has reassembled the bench with new bolts and placed it so that it can be used by bus riders. I sat on the bench this morning and the bench is sturdy.

Please let me know if you should have any additional questions regarding the bench.
We want to thank the road crew and Mr. Thigpen for putting our bus stop back together.  Riders were sitting on the curb, which is never a good thing.  The trash can, bus stop sign and bench are now all together again for the first time in many years.  While we continue to work for better stops as part of the highway project, anything which makes riding the bus better is always welcome.  Mt. Pleasant Town Council and CARTA Board Member Linda Page and the Hungrynexk Straphangers have both expressed their thanks for the help, which was sent out over both Facebook and Twitter.

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