North Charleston and CARTA reveal new transportation center plans


Tuesday, community members got a chance to make changes to plans for a new transportation center in North Charleston.

The center once planned for Dorchester Road will now replace the Amtrak station in the Liberty Hill neighborhood.
The new center plans to have five CARTA bus routes, and house the Amtrack Station.
"Based on the comments we received at our last public hearing, we've made some changes and we just want to make sure that all transit needs will be met," Wannetta Mallette, the project manager said.
"I'm embarrassed when I have friends come in town and they say, ‘This is your train station?’ so for that reason alone, I'm excited about it," Matese Lacque, who lives in Liberty Hill said.

Lacque says regular meetings between Liberty Hill residents and CARTA and the city have helped her concerns.

"We were able through our monthly meetings to have contact with them to express our concerns and kind of work them out,” Lacque said. “We're still resolving some for them but I think we have a good working relationship and I think that's going to be helpful."

Now, after two decades waiting, she's ready for progress.

"We're moving further along,” Lacque said. “We're getting to where we're about to turn some dirt."
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