Update, April 2013- For information on the renewed effort to bring transit to Daniel Island, see www.busec.org/di online.
Our interest at transit doesn’t end at the Wando River. We recognize that Daniel Island, Thomas Island, the Clemins Ferry Road Community and the Cainhoy Peninsula are important parts of the East Cooper Area.
Kurt Khelenbeck (pictured left), of Daniel Island, has been involved in the East Cooper CARTA Riders Effort for over a year. Kurt will lead our Daniel Island Committee. Kurt is an experienced community leader and construction foreman who gets things done and appreciates the value of concrete results at the end of the day. He’s clever, handy and determined.
If you could build a bus with a sawzall and nail gun, Kurt would have already made sure Daniel Island had one. Kurt will be working with the community, CARTA, Berkeley County Government and the City of Charleston on this effort. He’s recruiting activists now, starting with his son, who commutes to Trident Tech downtown on the CARTA Express.
After the new route system in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms is rolling, we’ll begin transit advocacy work on Daniel Island. Although Daniel Island is not technically within CARTA’s Charleston County Service area, there are strategies available for linking Daniel Island to the transit connections in Mount Pleasant at Town Center and in North Charleston at Superstop. In the future we’d like for this system to be connected to the new inter-modal station near the intersection of Dorchester Road and 526.
It’s a short trip to and from both locations. It is well within the ability of a single bus to get it done every hour if the time on the streets of Daniel Island is limited and efficient. In this effort, we would involve the City of Charleston and its proven commitment to transit elsewhere.
We’ll be holding our first Daniel Island meeting shortly after the CARTA route rollout in Mt. P and on the Islands. Until then, please use our feedback form to help us build a mailing list and provide input to Mayor Riley and the appropriate members of the CARTA Board.
If you have ideas regarding this project go to the feedback form and select the pulldown option for Daniel Island.