Lowcountry Go Commuter Program Now Offers Convenient Mobile App

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PROGRAM ALSO ANNOUNCES LOWGOTOBER COMMUTER CHALLENGE OCT. 15-19

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (SEPT. 6, 2018) –?Commuters in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties can now find carpool and vanpool partners, first- and last-mile connections, and transit route information by downloading the Lowcountry Go mobile app on Apple and Android devices.

The convenient interface allows users to safely connect with others to share a ride – all while relieving traffic headaches, saving money and reducing environmental impacts.

“We are very pleased to offer the next phase of the Lowcountry Go program, an easy-to-use mobile app that will increase connectivity both online and?off,?while reducing congestion on our roads,” said BCDCOG Executive Director Ron Mitchum.

The program’s website and mobile app allow users to:

  • Match Trips with Others:?Save time and money by finding fellow residents and co-workers making similar trips, through carpool and vanpool options.
  • Explore Options:?Lowcountry Go will provide a range of travel options for trips, including transit, biking and walking.
  • Track Impacts:?Registered users can track trip choices to measure costs and environmental impacts while competing in commuter challenges with fellow Lowcountry commuters.

The Lowcountry Go mobile app has launched in time for the inaugural?LowGoTober Commuter Challenge, scheduled for October 15-19.

The challenge is a competition in which users can register on the Lowcountry Go app or at?www.lowcountrygo.com?to win prizes when they successfully log sustainable commute trips during the week. Eligible commute modes include ridesharing such as carpool or vanpool, transit, walking and biking. Prizes for participants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

“Through BCDCOG’s work on this program, we’ve found that 90 percent of the region’s workforce is commuting alone, making the Lowcountry Go program an increasingly important effort,” Mitchum said. “Low Go strives to implement and build on employee- and employer-based programs that encourage changes in commuter behaviors. Those adjustments in how we use infrastructure will be critical in avoiding traffic gridlock.”

VIDEO:?Why Lowcountry Go?,?How To: Lowcountry Go

ABOUT LOWCOUNTRY GO:
Lowcountry Go is a regional partnership of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the S.C. Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and employers and stakeholders in the tri-county region. For up-to-date information, follow along on?Facebook,?Instagram?and Twitter?@LowcountryGo.

ABOUT BCDCOG:
The?BCDCOG?is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county leaders in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development.?BCDCOG’s purpose is to strengthen the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. For the latest on?BCDCOG, visit?www.bcdcog.com, like us on?Facebook?or follow on Twitter?@BCDCOG.

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Daniel Brock
Rawle Murdy Associates
(919) 820-2612
dbrock@rawlemurdy.com

?Fort Sumter Tours Unveils New Mobile App to Enhance Visitor Experience

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Fort Sumter Tours Unveils New Mobile App to Enhance Visitor Experience

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Visitors to Fort Sumter National Monument may now experience an 1800s historical site using state-of-the-art technology. Fort Sumter Tours – family owned and operated since 1961 – has launched a new Fort Sumter mobile app. The app is available for free in Apple’s App Store or in Google Play by searching “Fort Sumter.”

Fort Sumter Tours worked with Charleston-based netGALAXY Studios, a web design and mobile app development company working with businesses around the world, to develop the app. When visitors are at Fort Sumter, they will receive push notifications prompting them to learn more about specific areas of the fort.

While way signs and markers at Fort Sumter provide general information about the fort, the app provides visitors a more in-depth experience. Fort Sumter Tours collaborated with Fort Sumter National Monument staff to include stories of the fort that visitors may not get anywhere else.

The app also uses augmented reality technology in a “view finder” feature that visitors access as they ride to and from Fort Sumter on the tour boat. Simply point your smartphone at one of eight points of interest in the Charleston Harbor, such as Fort Moultrie or the Charleston Battery, and visitors will receive a pop-up notice with additional information on the selected landmark.

“We were looking for a way to enhance the visitor experience and appeal to a younger generation that is accustomed to using technology and smartphones for almost everything they do,” Ian Harris, director of sales and marketing. “This new mobile app offers visitors more details and historical facts that supplement everything they see while at Fort Sumter National Monument.”

Other app features include:

  • A 360-degree virtual tour of Fort Sumter, which is especially useful for visitors who may have difficulty navigating the steps that lead to certain areas of the park.
  • A “time machine” feature that shows photos of Fort Sumter now and when it was a functioning military fort in the 1860s.
  • Details on the tour boats complete with floor plans.
  • Virtual postcards for sharing on social media.

Download the free mobile app by searching “Fort Sumter” in the app stores or visit fortsumtertours.com.

About Fort Sumter Tours
In 1961 the Campsen family of Charleston founded Fort Sumter Tours to provide daily excursions to the Fort Sumter National Monument. Today, Fort Sumter Tours and partner SpiritLine Cruises provide daily access to this living monument, along with other memorable experiences for residents and guests of Charleston. For more information, visit fortsumtertours.com.

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