HOP Shuttle Ridership Surpasses 11,400 in August, Again Sets Record – BCDCOG

HOP Shuttle Ridership Surpasses 11,400 in August, Again Sets Record

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September
5

OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE ADJUSTMENTS TO SERVICE TIMING

Ridership on the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Hospitality on Peninsula (HOP) shuttle surpassed 11,400 in August, the fourth-straight record-setting month for the pilot park-and-ride program and up more than 1,400 riders over the previous month.

System officials also announced a number of adjustments to the popular service, effective Monday, Sept. 9:

  • Monday – Thursday (Last trip leaves the HOP lot at 1 a.m.)
    • 6 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: Two buses run (every 15 minutes)
    • Midnight – 1:30 a.m.: One bus runs (every 30 minutes)
  • Friday and Saturday (Last trip leaves the HOP lot at 2 a.m.)
    • 6 a.m.-12:15 am.: Two buses run (every 15 minutes)
    • 12:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.: One bus runs (every 30 minutes)
  • Sunday (Last trip leaves the HOP lot at 1 a.m.)
    • 6 a.m.-1:30 a.m.: One bus runs (every 30 minutes)

The park-and-ride program is the first of its kind on the peninsula and was brought to fruition via a collaborative partnership with the City of Charleston, Charleston County, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. The final ridership for the HOP in August was 11,417.

Visitors to downtown Charleston and all other commuters are also encouraged to park all day for just $5 and ride the HOP shuttle for free. Riders can track buses in real-time on the Transit App available on iPhone and Android.

We are incredibly happy with the continued success of the HOP, as well as recent financial commitments from the City of Charleston and the private sector, said Mike Seekings CARTA board chairman. This initiative is proving successful and there is room for even more growth.

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