Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lets Keep Rapid Transit on Track Speak Out June 20 & 25

Our Interns in Action
- our two summer interns Yorasia Randall and Tonisha Forrest talking to Transit Riders about the upcoming June 20 & 25 Rapid Transit Planning meetngs at a CARTA Bus Stop.

As planning on the Rapid Transit System for the Lowcountry moves forward, issues are beginning to arise which people who want real rapid transit  need to work together to resolve.

Wednesday Summerville Outreach- We’ll be doing outreach in downtown Summerville from 10 am to Noon on Wednesday, June 19 starting at the Stage on Hutchison Square to empower people to be effective advocates at the upcoming meetings. If you would like to help us get the word out to help be sure Summerville is connected to our planned Rapid Transit System, please join us there. Contact phone # (843) 870-5299.
Current Transit Planning Issues

New alternatives on planning map.
Summerville, Lincolnville and Ladson shouldn’t be left out of our rapid transit line. This route proposal map released by the Council of Governments two weeks ago includes an option (marked here in blue) to bypass those communities and run the transit line on I26 to the private development at Nexton.

While we want Nexton to have transit services, this shouldn’t be achieved that the expense of established communities like Ladson, Lincolnville and Summerville. Planning needs to begin now for a circulator bus route which will connect Nexton and areas around Summerville beyond walking distance from the main line with the rapid transit stations in Summerville and on Highway 78 at Royle Road in Lincolnville. A major park and ride facility should be planned as well. We know opposition to the transit project exists in the area, but we’re confident if the thousands of people speak out who want transit restored (A train ran several times a day until 1963) between Summerville and Charleston that progress will be possible.  General information on the Rapid Transit Line.

Downtown Charleston- This same map also still includes the unworkable proposal to attempt to run this system from Mt. Pleasant Street to Line Street in the congested Traffic of Meeting street in Downtown Charleston instead of on the available railroad line under I26. Read about why our transit line should run on the old railroad line.

Please Join us at the Upcoming COG meetings on the Rapid Transit Line. These are drop in meetings so you can come any time you like as stay for as brief or as long a time as you want.
These are Drop in any time open house meetings. A formal presentation will not be given. If you have specific questions about these meetings, you can call the Council of Governments at 843.529.0400.

Upcoming Meetings

Outreach in Summerville
North Charleston Meeting: (We’ll have a group attending this meeting at 1 pm, after which we’ll set down for a chat in the food court)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The official drop in will be in a storefront near the inside entrance to JC Penny.
Northwoods Mall (2150 Northwoods Boulevard) On the CARTA #10

Charleston Meeting:
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
International Longshorement's Association (1142 Morrison Drive) On CARTA 10, 11 & 20 bus lines)
Progress is being made. We thank you for your support. As the HDR Engineering firm works forward on it’s 4.7 million dollar design contract for the system will continue to work to make sure you have the opportunity to be heard.

Questions? If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to contact us by calling Executive Director William Hamilton at (843) 870-5299.

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