Monday, January 14, 2019

Rapid Transit for N. Charleston

North Charleston is the center of the Lowcountry, but our community is often overlooked as a place to drive through. Upgrading our transit can support new connected neighborhoods with affordable housing and more opportunity where better jobs, shopping choices and opportunity are a quick rapid transit ride from home.

Engineers are now working on a 4.7 million dollar design contract to plan a system which can connect our communities in under an hour, reduce traffic congestion, and open opportunities for affordable housing and restoration of a connected Low-country. 250 million dollars in your half penny sales tax funding has been allocated to build the rapid transit system. Collection of those taxes began in May 2017.

Critical Planning Meeting on Jan. 31 in N. Charleston

Please sign up to join us at the Jan. 31, 6 pm COG planning meeting at Trident Tech (on the #10 bus line) to give your input on how the system should work in N. Charleston. Facebook Meeting signup for Jan. 31. We have a downloadable meeting notice you can print out and share with neighbors.

On Jan. 19, on Martin Luther King weekend, we're asking for help from community volunteers to get the word out to over 1600 households and businesses in N. Charleston, including Chicora, Park Circle, Liberty Hill and Renyolds Ave.  We're calling this neighborhood Canvass Rise With Rosa in honor or Transit Hero Rosa Parks. You can signup to help Rise with Rosa online.

State Representative Marvin Pendarvis has proposed building a new neighborhood around the old Navy Hospital which will bring transit, affordable housing and opportunity together in an economically diverse walk-able neighborhood.  Read his Op Ed article in the Charleston Chronicle.

Transit Equity Day (Feb. 4) in N. Charleston

We're planning two events in N. Charleston to make better transit happen and to make it happen sooner as part of the National Transit Equity Day on Mon. Feb. 4. That morning professional Chef and State Representative JA Moore (who represents part of N. Charleston, image left) will hold the Benne Breakfast at the Mellow Mushroom near Tanger Outlets to fund the Benne Fund, an initiative to build a better quality of life for people working in our Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry through improved Transit and affordable housing.  You can buy tickets for a breakfast made by a team of the Lowcountry's best Chefs for as little as $10.  

Rep. Marvin R. Pendavis, riding the #11 Dorchester Airport
That evening, State Representative Marvin Pendarvis will hold a Transit Equity Town Hall at the Felix Davis Center in the center of Park Circle starting at 6 pm. You'll hear about proposed legislation to improve transit in N. Charleston and from experts on planning here. After that, you'll have your chance to stand up and be heard by everyone in the room and anyone listening on the live webcast.  You can signup for a free ticket to the Town Hall now.

It only works if you show up and demand the best: a route connecting downtown Summerville with high quality, community connected stations in N. Charleston and downtown Charleston. Local elected officials will be attending and listening to you.

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