CARTA extends free rides for one route through mid-November

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will extend free service along King Street Route 20 through at least November 16, when the transit system’s board is set to meet next.

The no-cost effort is aimed at assisting Charleston residents affected by the recent closure of the Bi-Lo on Meeting Street. Route 20 services both the former Bi-Lo site and the King Street Food Lion on its north-south routing.

“Route 20 continues to see growth,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. “We’re still collecting data and also working with Food Lion on an initiative that we hope will be beneficial to riders. Those discussions are ongoing and we’ll have more information once a plan is finalized.”

The CARTA board will re-evaluate the Route 20 situation, examining ridership impacts and costs, at its regularly scheduled meeting in mid-November.



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