Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments Invites Public Input on Long-Range Transportation for Region’s Rural Areas – October 9, 10, 16

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?BIG-PICTURE STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING HIGHWAY, TRANSIT, BIKE, PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS FOR NEXT 25 YEARS

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 2, 2019) – The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is currently updating its Long Range Transportation Plan for the region’s rural areas and the agency is seeking public input in doing so.

Long Range Transportation Plans are multimodal plans that set priorities for spending federal funds on transportation projects in the region over the next 25 years. These projects include improvements to highways, roads, bridges, transit facilities and service, bicycle and pedestrian routes, and related enhancements.

The BCDCOG will hold project public input meetings in each of the three counties starting next week, providing the public a chance to participate and share input on how transportation can be improved for the future. Information gathered at the meetings will be used to develop LRTP project priorities for funding over the next twenty years.

Meeting Locations and Times

October 9, 2019
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Dorchester County Library
506 N. Parler Avenue, St. George SC 29477

October 10, 2019
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Berkeley Electric Cooperative Community Center
7200 North US17, Awendaw SC 29429

October 16, 2019
2:30-6:30 pm
Berkeley County Library
113 Ravenell Drive, St. Stephen SC 29479

Participation and input is encouraged by attendance at one or more of these meetings and/or by completing the survey found at: www.bcdcog.com/rlrtp2040.  Details for an additional meeting in Charleston County’s western rural areas are not yet finalized at this time.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Michelle Emerson at the BCDCOG at least two working days of this notice.

Si usted necesita la ayuda de un traductor del idioma espa?ol, por favor comuníquese con la Michelle Emerson al teléfono (843) 529-2578 cuando menos 48 horas antes de la junta”

The final LRTP document is expected to be complete by January 2020. The current version can be viewed at www.bcdcog.com/rlrtp. More information on the plan can be found at www.bcdcog.com or by contacting Kathryn Basha, Planning Director, BCDCOG, at (843) 529-0400 or KathrynB@bcdcog.com. Si se necesita información en otro idioma llame al (843) 529-2578.

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, visitwww.bcdcog.com, like us onFacebook or follow on Twitter at @BCDCoG.

CARTA’s HOP Shuttle Sets Ridership Record for Third Consecutive Month, Surpasses 10,000 for the First Time

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HOP SHUTTLE SETS RIDERSHIP RECORD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH, SURPASSES 10,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AUG. 7, 2018) – Ridership on the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority’s?Hospitality on Peninsula (HOP) Shuttle surpassed 10,000 in July, the third-straight record-setting month for the pilot park-and-ride program.

“There is clear demand and need for this service, which has proven particularly valuable to the hospitality and food and beverages industries,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. “We hope that the resources necessary to continue the HOP’s momentum will be made available by the partners, both public and private, who have benefited from it, and that the program can be expanded to other parts of the city in the future.”

The park-and-ride program is the first of its kind on the peninsula and was brought to fruition via a collaborative partnership between the City of Charleston, Charleston County, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. Total ridership on the HOP in July was 10,015.

Service is currently scheduled for about every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 3 a.m., seven days per week. Visitors to downtown Charleston and all commuters are encouraged to park all day for just $5 and ride the HOP shuttle for free.

Seekings noted that the HOP will be a convenient option starting this fall for College of Charleston students who live off the peninsula and drive downtown. Riders can track buses in real-time on the Transit app?available on iPhone and Android.

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 and the CARTA Bus Tracker.

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