After a year of long effort by Linda Page, the Town of Mt. Pleasant and Wando High School, our community’s most important institution has an improved bus stop. It’s getting plenty of use. As the Eastern most stop on the CARTA system, it serves both students and people in the area who are often dropped off by family to catch the bus to downtown. The improved stop has a comfortable bench and slab to keep everyone out of the dirt, mud weeds and ants. Seven riders boarded during a stop there yesterday. The students said the school is actively promoting the use of CARTA. These students had been able to stay after school for sports, tutoring and club activities instead of immediately boarding the school bus after the last bell for a ride home.
Full information about the #40 Trans Mount Pleasant route, running between Wando HS and the Mary Street Transit Center in Downtown Charleston. This route connects to the #401 East Cooper Connector for trips to other parts of Mt. Pleasant and the #402 Island Flex for trips to the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island..
Online Trip Planning Now Functional
Transit trip planning can now be done online, automatically on Google Transit. This can be accessed through the mapping functions of most Android Phones, I phones, the Ipad mapping and navigation ap, the www.ridecarta.com website and through Google Transit. Note that the #402 Island Flex bus has not yet been included into the system but that service is still running. We’ve contacted both CARTA and our board members about that issue.
The system has huge advantages even for experienced riders. If you have a smart phone or internet access, you really don’t need paper maps and schedules any longer. they system provides walking directions to the nearest stop and multiple options for your trip. In areas like North Charleston and Downtown where there are several routes, much faster trips may be possible than someone would plan using paper maps utilizing transfers and connections the rider might not be aware exist. Even if you have been riding the system for years, you should check out some possible trips. If you don’t ride the bus, this system can be of great use when friends or family need a ride since you can find a bus trip for them which brings them close to your location, then go pick them up. In areas where this system has been deployed, ridership has increased by as much as 20%. In addition to being a sought product online, Google offers transit directions to anywhere located in Google Places as an option.