CARTA launches free North Charleston service

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority launched a service that is free for riders and links North Charleston businesses, restaurants, shops and the Charleston International Airport. (Photo/City of North Charleston)
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority launched a service that is free for riders and links North Charleston businesses, restaurants, shops and the Charleston International Airport. (Photo/City of North Charleston)
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey takes a ride on the new CARTA bus that will serve North Charleston without cost for users. (Photo/City of North Charleston)
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey takes a ride on the new CARTA bus that will serve North Charleston without cost for users. (Photo/City of North Charleston)
Staff Report
Published June 12, 2013

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority launched a new service this week in North Charleston paid for by the city, Boeing Co. and the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

The service began Sunday, is free for riders and uses the authority’s first hybrid buses.

“The city of North Charleston has some of the highest ridership for several of CARTA’s routes,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey in a news release. “Residents depend on the service to get them to work, while visitors use it to travel between places to stay, visit, eat and shop — all without leaving North Charleston.”

The service links North Charleston hotels, restaurants, retail shops and the Charleston International Airport.

“This shuttle service will provide a more efficient way for visitors and residents to travel in the North Charleston area and will also provide Boeing South Carolina teammates with an environmentally friendly way of commuting to and from places of business on the shuttle route,” said Boeing South Carolina Director of Operations Willy Geary.

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Comments:

Added: 12 Jun 2013

Great new service which will allow the shopping, hotels and Colosseum complex in this are to function together for visitors who don't have a car with them.

William Hamilton


Added: 12 Jun 2013

It would be beneficial to actually let readers know the route's beginning and end points. Otherwise, this article is almost pointless and definitely vague.

Michael


Added: 13 Jun 2013

Once this service settles down and starts working, it should allow the Airport, Colosseum, hotels and shopping to work together, increasing the value of the area. Traffic up there gets jammed up pretty tight now and stressed out visitors aren't going to spend a lot of time or money here. They need a good, comfortable place for people to wait on this line to catch the existing Express and Orchestrate 11 buses to Charleston.

William Hamilton