CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - CARTA rolled out three new 40-foot Xcelsior buses Tuesday to replace older express buses, some dating back to 1994.
The buses total approximately $1.4 million, paid for with a mix of county, state and Federal funds, according to CARTA representatives. Officials said adding these three buses will provide comfort and more efficient service for riders; the three new buses also mark the first step toward CARTA's number one mission for 2016: replacing the fleet.
"It's incredibly important for us to replenish the fleet so that we can offer reliable service to our riders," CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings said. "If we're going to retain and grow ridership, we have to provide comfortable, on-time rides. This is another step in the right direction, and the community is going to see more of these announcements in 2016 and beyond."
CARTA currently operates 26 Express buses that run on three limited-stop, commuter-heavy routes servicing North Charleston/James Island, Mount Pleasant/West Ashley and Summerville/Downtown Charleston via park-and-ride lots. The entire CARTA fleet comprises 116 vehicles on 23 fixed routes and a Tel-A-Ride service.
"We've updated by 20 years the equipment that's rolling on our express routes," Seeking said. "From the front seat to the backseat and everything in between, CARTA is improving and will continue to improve. This is just a start."
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