CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Some people living in Lincolnville say there is a need for public transit, and regional leaders are now taking a second look at demands.
In November of 2020, team members announced the Lowcountry Rapid Transit System would go between downtown Charleston and the Ladson fairgrounds instead of the original plans to take the line out to Summerville.
The move eliminated bus stops that were planned for the town of Lincolnville. The town’s mayor, Charles Duberry, said he was frustrated when he learned the news.
“When you hear that, all the hard work we put through as far as putting up flyers to the citizens in Lincolnville, then all of a sudden you heard that they weren’t bringing the stops in Lincolnville, you get very upset,” Duberry said.
Duberry says the town is growing rapidly so there is a great need for public transit both for longtime residents and newcomers.
Maneklal Patel works at Millers Food Mart in Lincolnville. He agreed there needs to be bus stops in the area to help people connect to other places.
“They need the bus stop over here because a lot of people don’t have any cars or means of transportation,” Patel said.
Sharon Hollis, the principal planner at Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, said the reason they took Summerville and Lincolnville out of the project was because the communities didn’t meet transit demand for high-capacity transit.
Hollis said she understands there may still be a need for public transit which is why they are conducting a survey for Lincolnville.
“One of the things we will be including as part of our overall project and our planning efforts will be what we call feeder transit services, so even if you don’t have a car to go to park and ride the end of the line we’ll still have those transit services that will connect Summerville, connect Lincolnville and connect to this line,” Hollis said. “What we want to hear from the community members is where would you look these feeder services to travel to in Lincolnville and Summerville.”
To take the Lincolnville Transit Survey, click here. The deadline has been extended to April 27.