Bus ridership on No. 40 route rises by 2,409 passengers

  • Friday, July 11, 2014

The new NASH Express cuts travel time to the airport from Mount Pleasant using one of CARTA’s new hybrid diesel buses. East Cooper riders can transfer from either the No. 40 or No. 41 at the Visitor’s Center downtown. PROVIDED

Public transit bus ridership east of the Cooper continued to increase in May 2014 according to data released by CARTA at its June board meeting.

The No. 40 Mount Pleasant bus carried 15,629 passengers in May 2014, an increase of 2,409 passengers over May 2013. The No. 40 runs along and near Johnnie Dodds Boulevard between Wando High School and the Visitor’s Center in downtown Charleston, running buses ever 40 minutes Monday through Saturday and hourly on Sunday. Ridership on this route in 2007 was only 11,962.

The No. 41 Coleman Boulevard bus carried 2,818 riders in May, an increase of 760 over May a year earlier. The No. 41 runs along Coleman and Ben Sawyer Boulevards to the Visitor’s Center in Downtown Charleston every 70 minutes Monday through Saturday.

The No. 2 Express, which provides transportation on weekdays from park-and-ride locations at the Oakland Market Shopping Center and a relocated park-and-ride facility just moved to Wando Crossing Shopping Center carried 8,939 passengers in May, posting a modest increase of 147 passengers over a year earlier.

Overall transit ridership east of the Cooper has tripled in the last nine years, when CARTA resumed East Cooper operations after a near complete shutdown. The Town of Mount Pleasant is preparing to place benches at some of the busier bus stops which lack seating.

New improvements to the Bus Tracker service make watching your bus approach on a map on your smart phone easier in Mount Pleasant. Google Transit has been updated to include the new NASH bus services. The new NASH Express has cut travel time from Mount Pleasant to the airport by more than 40 minutes.

Hungryneck Straphangers, East Cooper’s pro public transit advocacy group, continues to work on increasing ridership with outreach efforts to local employers, schools, real estate companies and other potential riders or organizations likely to come in contact with potential riders. Over the summer, Hungryneck Straphangers will be dropping off bus schedules and other information at apartment complexes to assist new tenants in accessing transit services as they move into the community. Later in the summer, they’ll be working to inform incoming freshmen at Wando about how they can use the No. 40 bus to get home after extracurricular activities.

Anyone wishing to know more about transit east of the Cooper is invited to contact the Straphangers through their website, www.busec.org, or by calling 843-870-5299.

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