Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms considering CARTA beach shuttle

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - It's possible you won't have to take your car to the beach on the Isle of palms or Sullivan's Island this summer. CARTA is exploring the possibility of a park and ride beach shuttle.

"Traffic was terrible coming through here. It was bumper to bumper for hours," said Michael Howard, a resident in Summerville.

"Summer traffic is pretty bad," said Leah Hardie, a resident on the Isle of Palms.

"Well, it's hard to find parking," said Kevin Pickering, a resident on Daniel Island.

That's why CARTA has high hopes for a park and ride shuttle to the beaches on Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms.

"It would be a great idea to just hop on I guess at certain times throughout the day so you would always have an available ride," said Caroline Walters, a resident on James Island.

"People come in one vehicle opposed to each individual having their own vehicle," said Hardie.

The shuttle would take folks from Mount Pleasant to the beaches. It would run every 45 minutes to an hour and it wouldn't cost more than an average bus ride.

"Especially when you come off the beach and it's very accessible. It'll be a lot easier getting to and from the island," said Walters.

Some folks though think the idea is too good to be true.

"Because I have to carry my cooler and my kids toys and all of those things. So I don't think people will actually use the bus honestly," said Silvia Neal, a resident on the Isle of Palms.

For others though, anything that can cut down traffic and parking problems makes a summer beach day even better.

"It would save a lot of people time and energy and stuff like that," said Howard.

"It would certainly cut down on all of the traffic," said Hardie.

"If this works it would definitely be a lot nicer for everybody that lives out here on the island like me," said Michael Kraus, a resident on the Isle of Palms.

CARTA and the towns are still considering this plan. It would cost hundreds and thousands of dollars and the towns may have to foot the whole bill. On Wednesday, a committee will present recommendations about the plan to CARTA at its monthly board meeting.

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