Put Transit in the Plan on May 29

Our suggestions for the Town Comprehensive Plan regarding public transit are now online: Comprehensive Plan Suggestions (PDF).  

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

Mount Pleasant, SC- Please drop by one of these Thursday, May 29th. meetings on your way home to encourage the town to make public transit part of the town’s comprehensive plan, including better bus stops, bus pull offs where appropriate and improved pedestrian access to transit stops.  We’ll have a written proposal for amendments to the plan, that you can sign and file as a show of support if you like.  Of course you can give the town your own input in several forms if you like. One simple option is to find ideas you like, print the relevant material out and bring it to the meeting to file, with your name, address and phone number on it.  

It’s important to understand that the Town of Mount Pleasant is working to make transit work. Total transit ridership East of the Cooper has tripled since the CARTA restart in 2005. The town has built stops and supported outreach and educational efforts. Ridership is up sharply in the past year, 19.9% on the 40 route, 35% on the 41 route.  However, the competition for time, attention and resources is very intense.  It’s unreasonable to expect improvements to happen unless Town officials hear from people who want them.

William Hamilton (843) 870-5299 will be at the Park West meeting.  Ann Owens will attend the meeting at the Waterworks as representatives of the Hungryneck Straphangers.  Ask us for a copy of our official recommendations if you want them.  We’ll post a copy here before the meeting.  We’ll be working it up over the weekend.  If you have ideas you wish to include, just email them to William Hamilton.

Millions of dollars and thousands of hours have been invested in the Town of Mount Pleasant’s comprehensive plan over the past two decades.  It’s important to understand what it is and what it already says to be an effective advocate.  You can learn about the plan on the Town’s website.

Here is the official meeting announcement From the Town of Mount Pleasant Website-


An image of the East Cooper CARTA Riders advocating at the Blessing of the Fleet in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Community outreach effort at Blessing of the Fleet, April 2011

Resident Input Meeting for the 2014 Update to the 2009 – 2019 Comprehensive Plan
Thursday, May 29
The Town of Mount Pleasant Planning & Development Department will host two concurrent open house meetings to receive your input on the 2014 Comprehensive Plan Update. These will be drop-in meetings and will provide attendees with the opportunity to view the proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan, discuss changes with Town staff, and provide comments and feedback. Meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the following two locations: Meeting 1: Park West Recreation Complex 1251 Park West Boulevard Meeting 2: Mount Pleasant Waterworks 1619 Rifle Range Road For more information about meetings and locations, visit us online at www.tompsc.com or call (843) 884-1229.

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