CARTA: Not in financial position for routes to IOP, Sullivan's Island

CARTA: Not in financial position for routes to IOP, Sullivan's Island
CARTA routes are back to normal after the Wando Bridge closure. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority officials say the organization is not in a financial position to expand beach routes to the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.

The agency says it cannot add routes unless the communities can offer money to offset the costs.

City and town leaders of the popular destinations say the shuttle service would provide relief from some of the traffic congestion and parking issues during the busy summer months.

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, according to initial plans.

However, CARTA board members say the agency is operating at a more than $6 million deficit, which may mean route cuts and other types of cuts will be necessary. The large deficit is due in part to CARTA not yet receiving federal money, as the two agencies operate on different fiscal years.

Meanwhile, CARTA is looking at the possibility of a public and private partnership for a "Ride and Flow" water taxi/ferry service, but those plans are in the early stages. CARTA is trying to identify possible pickup spots and says it could partner with Charleston Water Taxi for the service.

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