Automated Trip Planning Using Google Maps for CARTA
Trips using all these routes and the entire CARTA system (except for the #402 Island Flex to the Beach) can now be planned automatically, online using Google Transit. This Short video shows you how.
Trip planning can also be accessed from the www.ridecarta.com website, on smart phones and tablets. With GPS enabled devices, it will automatically plan your trip from your current location to your destination.
Trip plans generated on Google can be emailed to riders or printed out and handed to people needing help using the transit system.
Bus Tracker is also now available, which allows you to get a real time updated ETA for any bus operating on the CARTA system after you specify the route, stop and direction or travel.
This route is being improved with more frequent service. The 40 Trans Mount Pleasant Route links Mount Pleasant running from Wando High School to Downtown Charleston and is the area’s longest running bus route, having been on the road East of the Cooper since at least the 1950s. It’s experienced huge ridership growth in the past year. It bring people into Mount Pleasant to work, allows students at Wando High School a ride home following after school activities and is popular with tourists who stay at Hotels in Mt. Pleasant along the route and use it to travel to downtown Charleston where it connects with the free DASH bus service in the historic district.
The #41 Coleman Blvd. began running Feb. 25 between the Visitor’s Center in Downtown Charleston, over the Ravenel Bridge around the Ravenel Gateway District, along Coleman Blvd. out to the BI-LO Shopping Center on Ben Sawyer Blvd, (near Pages Thieves Market. It also connects visitors to Patriot’s Point and College of Charleston students to the C of C Athletic Center at Patriot’s Point. Visitors can use the 41 to Park Pleasantly and Play downtown, combining lower rates and better amenities in Mount Pleasant’s hotels to Historic Charleston, while avoiding parking charges for the price of a bus ticket. Unlike the 40 all Ravenel Gateway Hotels can access this bus line without anyone having to cross a highway on foot.
The CARTA 2 Express Bus provides commuters to and from Downtown Charleston with a swift trip to work or downtown during which they can relax, use their electronic devices or chat with friends while CARTA sweats the traffic. The wall of massive SUVs around you which makes life so miserable in a Prius, arne’t a problem in the massive busses CARTA runs for Express Service, which feature forward facing upholstered seating, climate controlled interiors and large windows.
Tel A Ride Paratransit Service is a CARTA transportation service for the disabled. All CARTA vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts, but many disabled riders need door to door transportation. A companion can ride with the disabled passenger.
Tri County link operates a rural “flagstop” bus route Route C203 which connects McClellenville, Awendaw & the extreme Northern parts of Mt. Pleasant to CARTA’s East Cooper Services. This route runs all the way North to McClellenville generally along and parallel to highway 17. The North end of the line is McCellenville Town Hall. Service begins on weekdays at 5:15 am. There are four runs per day in each direction, the last arriving in McClellenville at 7:42 pm.
Bus Service to Charleston International Airport & Greyhound
Bus service from the East Cooper area to the Charleston International Airport and Greyhound Bus Services are available by connecting in downtown Charleston at the Mary Street Transit Center to the Dorchester Airport #11 Bus which goes directly to and from the Airport. This route is generally reliable. See a Google Transit trip plan to the Hotels on the IOP Connector from the Airport. The Grayhound station is also on the Dorchester Airport Route. There are two stops at the Airport, one is out in the open off to the right at the end of the median after you exit the baggage claim area and has no bench. Don’t count on people working at the Taxi stands to admit they know it exits. They don’t want you to ride the bus. However the bus also stops to drop off passengers under the canopy to the left, but this stop isn’t marked. There has been a bench there. You can sit there and wave something frantically at the bus when you see it coming to be sure it stops, without arousing the anxiety of the TSA officers. The driver is on your side. He wants to pick you up. Google Transit may indicate that you should walk to the nearby Express Bus Stop at Boeing for a faster ride into the city. It is faster, but it’s an ugly walk without a sidewalk. For a brand new billion dollar tax subsidized industrial site, it’s an utterly pathetic bus stop.
Service to the Beach
There is no regular bus service to any beach in the Charleston area at this time. Some plans for a seasonal service in the summer are being discussed. Tel-A-Ride service is still available on Sullivan’s Island and most of the Isle of Palms for the disabled.
Public Transit Elsewhere in South Carolina
See SCIway’s Public Transit page. http://www.sciway.net/gov/sc-buses-public-transportation.html