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Government shutdown longer than 30 days could impact CARTA

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority officials say if the government shutdown lasts longer than 30 days it could impact the organization's funding.

CARTA officials stated in a release that if the shutdown lasts less than 30 days, there is not an expected impact on funding.

However, if the shutdown lasts longer than 30 days, it could impact funding, which enables CARTA to pay vendors and finance operations, according to organization officials.

"While service is not expected to be impacted, CARTA will keep riders and the community updated on any changes should the shutdown continue," a statement by CARTA read.

The organization's full statement is below:

Congress is still working to reach an agreement on funding the government in FY 2014.  As a result, nonessential government operations have closed for business. At this point, it is unclear how long the shutdown will last.

While many question how long the shutdown will last, there is a larger concern for how it will impact our communities directly.  In general, programs funded through mandatory spending will not be affected; however, there could be consequences if this shutdown continues.

Discretionary programs may be impacted depending on whether they operate in sync with the fiscal year, or whether they are "forward funded" and therefore operate on a separate program year calendar. If funds have been obligated, funds may continue to be drawn down.

For CARTA, most grants have been applied for in advance, and drawdowns were available until September 30.  If the shutdown lasts less than 30 days, there is not an expected impact on funding to CARTA.  Service will continue uninterrupted and riders will not be impacted.  CARTA receives approximately 1/3 of its funding from Federal sources.  Funds from Charleston County and the collection of fares are able to support continued operation for some time.

The CARTA Board and staff are monitoring this matter closely.  A shutdown longer than 30 days could impact funding, which enables CARTA to pay vendors and finance operations.  While service is not expected to be impacted, CARTA will keep riders and the community updated on any changes should the shutdown continue.

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