Public transit advocates push for better commuting options

Public transit advocates push for better commuting options

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Public transportation advocates release their top priorities for improving public transportation and helping traffic flow in the Lowcountry.

Members from SC Progressive Network and the Hungry Neck Strap Hangers unveiled results of their independent survey in Downtown Charleston on Monday.

One of their main suggestions: adding a commuter rail service between Charleston, Summerville and Monks Corner.

The concerned citizens also want more covered benches, called bus shelters, added to bus stops. CARTA officials say, currently, only 10 percent of their bus stops have covered shelters. They're hoping to add around 150 more in the next few years, with help in funding from businesses and municipalities.

Mount Pleasant Town Council has recently discussed a partnership to bring more shaded shelters to their community, to make riding the bus more comfortable.

The transit advocates also are calling for improved bus maintenance and free rides for low income hhigh schooland college students.

CARTA officials were present at the groups public event and say they support these community members effort to get more funding for what they see as positive improvements to their current system.

Members of the Hungry Neck Strap Hangers say they're going to give their full survey results to the SC Department of Transportation. DOT has a public meeting Tuesday evening on Daniel Island. DOT officials will be discussing their public transit plan through the year 2040.

Public transit advocates are providing free transportation for anyone who wants to attend the DOT meeting.

A bright red shuttle bus will be providing free rides to and from the CARTA stop on Cosgrove Ave. in North Charleston. They'll be running from about 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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