CARTA boasts another good year of Charleston bus ridership

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It's been no picnick for Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) these past few years, with a down economy funding to the bus system has been slashed and routes cut

That said, with not-so-cheap gas prices and tight wallets, ridership on the system has continued to climb and the system is once again boasting record ridership. 

Today they announced that that ridership has "surpassed its numbers in past years, with the highest ridership since 2004. In 2010, ridership increased 3.23 percent, making a total of 4,170,207 trips."

“Seeing this growth in challenging economic times demonstrates the demand for the service CARTA provides for the Charleston area,” said Howard Chapman, CARTA’s Executive Director. “The support and dedication we receive from our riders as well as our esteemed partners, including the CARTA Board, the City of Charleston, and others, is greatly

From 2008 to 2009, ridership increased 0.23 percent, while from 2009 to 2010, ridership increased 3.23 percent and the amount of riders has steadily increased over the past six years. 

Existing and new riders can learn more by calling (843)724-7420, or by visiting

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