Wando Students Leading with CARTA Transit Education

Wando Students Leading with CARTA Transit Education

Press Advisory

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 – 10am

Wando High and Laurel Hill Elementary School

Mount Pleasant, SC- Math and Science Students from Wando High School will travel to Laurel Hill Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 am to present the first sessions in a community wide transit education to support roll-out of the new CARTA East Cooper Route system.

The Students will leave Wando at 10am and begin their first presentation at Laurel Hill.  Media will have opportunities to record video of educational sessions, and tour CARTA buses which will be running on the new routes.

Laurel Hill is one of three schools in Park West which will be served by the new, extended Route #40.  This route will begin running with special service to the Sunday, April 17, Blessing of the Fleet at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park.  This event will signify the new system’s official launch.  The new Route #40 will also provide hourly bus service to Wando High School for the first time in its 37 year history.

The new CARTA routes also serve Moultrie Middle School, Laing Middle School, James B. Edwards Elementary, Belle Hall Elementary, East Cooper Montessori Charter, Palmetto Christian Academy and the University School of the Lowcountry.  This new hourly after school service will enable after school sports, club activity and tutoring for students who formerly did not have these opportunities.

Full information on the new routes will be available from the CARTA website www.ridecarta.com and the East Cooper CARTA Riders Facebook group.

For more information, discussion and planning, please visit the East Cooper CARTA Riders Facebook group.

Linda Page (843) 729-5406
Mt. Pleasant Town Council, CARTA Board

William Hamilton (843) 870-5299
East Cooper CARTA Riders

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