Friday, August 22, 2014
A cab ride from Charleston International Airport to downtown Charleston starts at about $30. Booking a trip on the ride-sharing app Uber will run you about the same.
Taking the CARTA North Area Shuttle (NASH) Express to the Charleston Visitor Center in the heart of the peninsula is just $3.
The route departs the airport every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to midnight. The daily service makes stops at the North Charleston Visitor Center and Tanger Outlets on its southbound routing. The northbound leg is a direct connection from downtown to the airport.
“It’s an incredible deal and extremely convenient, both coming and going,” said interim CARTA executive director Jeff Burns. “You don’t have to ask a friend to drop you off; you don’t have leave your car in a parking lot for days if you don’t want to, and you have a chance to save money.”
Upon arrival downtown, CARTA offers the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) to numerous destinations, including The Citadel, Medical University of South Carolina, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston Place, the South Carolina Aquarium and the corner of King and Broad streets.
“It’s high time that public transportation was viewed as a viable alternative in this region, and the NASH Express is an example of the benefit this type of transit can offer,” Burns said of the route, which features state-of-the-art hybrid-electric buses.
In addition to the NASH change, CARTA announced a number of other service tweaks. They can be viewed at www.ridecarta.com.