Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Twelve Goals to Achieve transit justice – Build BRT and strengthen bus service

Achieve Transit Justice – Build BRT and Strengthen Bus Service

These 12 demands are part of a more detailed document containing over 70 recommendations for improving transit in the Lowcountry. They elaborate one of the demands being made by Climate Strike Charleston, “Achieve transit justice – Build BRT and strengthen bus service”

During the Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20 to 28, 2019, we are asking transit riders and the general public to review the Google Docs Version of the full, five page document online and post their comments and suggested additions and revisions. We are distributing the longer document online to reduce the use of paper and carbon impacts. Our organization has already begun work on all 12 of these goalsm but details and tactics continue to evolve with community input.

The final version will be published to the Democratic candidates for President present at the Blue Jamboree in Charleston County on Oct. 5 and delivered to Republican leaders and local elected officials and the BCD Cog, CARTA and Tri County Link shortly thereafter.

These 12 goals are the ways in which Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit believes the Lowcountry can use improved transit to reduce our community’s carbon footprint, slow the destructive changes in climate and sea level which threaten our community and increase environmental justice.

The full, detailed document is now open for comment on Google Docs.

12 Goals for a better Transit enabled future for the Lowcountry 

1. Plan, build and commence operation of the Bus Rapid Transit line on or before Oct. 1, 2022 connecting Charleston, N. Charleston, Summerville, Ladson & Lincolnville.
2. End the 11 Million dollar per year “Pay Go” diversion of transit funds and apply more of the 350 million dollars approved by voters in 2016 to approve existing regular bus service.
3. Build 20 more sheltered bus stops in Charleston County in 2020.
4. Return Transit service to the beach by Memorial Day 2020.
5. Double Transit Ridership by Seniors and Students by November 2020.
6. Transit Enable the Lowline for fast, efficient rapid transit service to the heart of Charleston.
7. Restore Webcast and Video Archiving of CARTA Board Meetings. Establish Webcasting and archiving of Tri County LINK board meetings.
8. Reserve space for affordable housing along planned rapid transit line.
9. Build complete streets for transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians.
10. Plan Rapid Transit to the heart of Downtown Summerville and increase frequency and coverage of transit service in Dorchester County.
11. Begin better bus service and shelters for Berkeley County
12. Maintain Breeze Bus service from Walterboro to Hilton Head and establish a circulator service connecting Walterboro with surrounding rural communities.

Read and comment on the full document 

at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IueWoN-ZDVPWLPKas2bc7UyThoi0L671/view?usp=sharing or contact William Hamilton at wjhamilton29464@gmail.comwjhamilton29464@gmail.com or call (843) 870-5299

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