Veterans and Active-Duty Military Ride CARTA, Tricounty Link Free on Veterans Day (And Free Donuts for Veterans at Dunkin’)

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VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY RIDE CARTA, TRICOUNTY LINK FOR FREE ON VETERANS DAY

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 08, 2018) – All U.S. armed services veterans and current military personnel can ride Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and TriCounty Link services for free on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

“Veterans and military personnel make great sacrifices for our country. Allowing them to ride for free on Veterans Day is one small way CARTA and TriCounty Link can say thank you,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings.

A military ID, service photo, a memento – such as a veterans cap or other similar items – will be enough to get veterans and current military on board at no cost.

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ABOUT CARTA
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit in the Charleston community through local fixed routes, on-demand paratransit service and express commuter routes. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to plan rides and track buses with the CARTA-endorsed Transit app.

ABOUT TRICOUNTY LINK

The TriCounty Link system is comprised of nine regular fixed routes and six commuter routes providing services to rural residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The current fleet consists of 60 vehicles seating from 14 to 32 passengers. All TriCounty Link vehicles are ADA compliant and include wheelchair lifts, and on average, two wheelchair tie-down positions per vehicle. For the latest on TriCounty Link, visit www.ridetricountylink.com and like us on Facebook.

Bonus:? All Veterans receive a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts

 

CARTA, Town of James Island Cut Ribbon on Camp-Folly Bus Stop Shelter

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Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority
A BERKELEY-CHARLESTON-DORCHESTER COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS PROGRAM

CARTA, TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND CUT RIBBON ON CAMP-FOLLY BUS STOP SHELTER

Town funded construction of the new structure

James Island, S.C. (Oct. 22, 2018) – Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and Town of James Island officials today cut the ribbon on the transit system’s newest shelter at the intersection of Camp Road and Folly Road.

The Town funded the $32,000 shelter, built on land provided by Walgreens. The structure was part of the Charleston County-led Camp Road at Folly Road Intersection Improvement Project.

“This is an excellent example of partnership among multiple government agencies and the private sector,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings. “The CARTA board thanks to the Town of James Island for funding the shelter, Walgreen’s for providing the necessary easement and Charleston County for their role in the project.”

“The Town recognizes the importance of public transit on James Island and placing a shelter at this important intersection made sense,” James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey said. “We also hope to find further ways to partner with CARTA in the future.”

The ribbon cutting comes ahead of a public meeting next week to discuss possible service changes on James Island that potentially include shorter headways and more trips per day. The meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at St. James Presbyterian Church, 1314 Secessionville Road.

Elsewhere in the system, CARTA is in the midst of constructing more than 60 shelters this fall.

ABOUT CARTA

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit in the Charleston community through local fixed routes, on-demand paratransit service, and express commuter routes. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to plan rides and track buses with the CARTA-endorsed Transit app.

TriCounty Link Unveils New Route Connecting Ravenel, Hollywood and West Ashley

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TRICOUNTY LINK UNVEILS NEW ROUTE CONNECTING RAVENEL, HOLLYWOOD AND WEST ASHLEY NEW CONNECTIVITY FOR RURAL SOUTHERN CHARLESTON COUNTY

MONCKS CORNER S.C. (Sept. 6, 2018) – TriCounty Link, the region’s rural public transit provider, today unveiled Route 202 Hollywood/Ravenel, a service that will connect the towns of Hollywood and Ravenel to West Ashley and the CARTA transit system at Citadel Mall.

“We have advocated for this route for many years and it will provide much needed connectivity for residents of southern Charleston County,” said TriCounty Link board chairwoman and Charleston County councilwoman Anna Johnson. “Many local workers and residents can now rely on public transit to enhance their mobility throughout the region.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today in the Ravenel Food Lion parking lot, one of the six Route C202 stops. A summary of TriCounty Link changes is available online. For more information, visit ridetricountylink.com or call (800) 966-6631.

ABOUT TRICOUNTY LINK

The TriCounty Link system provides ?services to rural residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The current fleet consists of 60 vehicles seating from 14 to 32 passengers. All TriCounty Link vehicles are ADA compliant and include wheelchair lifts, and on average, two wheelchair tie-down positions per vehicle. For the latest on TriCounty Link, visit www.ridetricountylink.com and like us on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Daniel Brock / Michael Stettner

Rawle Murdy Associates

dbrock@rawlemurdy.com / mstettner@rawlemurdy.com

(919) 820-2612 / (214) 718-8027

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

Town of Mount Pleasant, BCDCOG Conducting Transit Study

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TOWN OF MOUNT PLEASANT, BCDCOG CONDUCTING TRANSIT STUDY –? PHASE I WILL FOCUS ON COMMUNITY’S TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND DESIRES

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (JULY 27, 2017) – The Town of Mount Pleasant and Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments are partnering on a town-wide transit study, with Phase I to focus on the public transportation needs and desires of residents and businesses.

An online survey is available through Aug. 17 here (https://surveymonkey.com/r/mtptransit).? Paper copies of the survey are available at Mount Pleasant Town Hall. A public open house will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Town Hall foyer to share findings and gather input on what future transit service should look like in Mount Pleasant.

“It’s very important to us that we offer service where there is demand and need,” said BCDCOG Executive Director Ron Mitchum. “Our goal is to put the right service in the right area at the right time, and one way to ensure we achieve that is to speak directly with riders and would-be riders.”

Those who would like to stay updated on the study or have specific questions are asked to email BCDCOG principal planner Sharon Hollis at sharonh@bcdcog.com. Recent CARTA outreach has included discussions regarding service with officials of Folly Beach and Isle of Palms, as well as residents of Daniel Island.

“Lowcountry residents have realized that public transit and other transportation alternatives are going to have to be in the mix if we’re going to avoid long-term gridlock,” Mitchum said.

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 at @BDCCoG

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

Apple Maps activates Transit directions in South Carolina

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Apple recently enabled Apple Maps public transit data for major metropolitan areas in South Carolina as part of ongoing efforts to build out its mapping service, granting users access to bus timetables, schedules and routes.

Available in a number of cities, including Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, Transit directions in South Carolina provide iOS and macOS users the ability to plan trips, create routes and view schedules for local public transport operations.

Apple’s iOS Feature Availability website has not yet been updated to reflect the recent addition, but a quick check shows bus data is now active in heavily trafficked areas within the state.

In the capital of Columbia, for example, Apple Maps now furnishes timetable and route data for The COMET, a relatively new transit service that boasts real-time bus locators, free Wi-Fi and more. The port city of Charleston is also represented with information gleaned from the Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA), while users in Greenville now have access to Greenlink bus data.

The new public transportation data complements Amtrak integration first added in 2016.

It appears Apple has yet to incorporate 3D renderings of larger bus and train stations in its maps app, a feature that displays clearly demarcated entrances and exits for fast on-foot travel.

After ditching Google’s mapping technology in favor of its own service, Apple reinstated Transit data into iOS with the release of iOS 9. Building a transit data platform from scratch, the tech giant leaned on IP acquired through purchases like HopStop and Embark, though the feature has been slow to roll out.

Similar to other navigation solutions, Apple Maps Transit provides routes, departure times and other relevant data for buses, trains, ferries and other forms of public transportation. In addition to local schedules, users can access top-down views of select underground subway and train stations.

Apple continues to build out coverage for Transit after launching the service with relatively sparse support in the U.S. and China. Beyond major cities in the U.S., Apple is concentrating Transit efforts across the UK and Japan.