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      CARTA launches North Charleston routes for hybrid buses

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{} The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority announced on Monday its launch of the North Area Shuttle -- a free service in North Charleston.

      The NASH is a new route within the city of North Charleston that will utilize hybrid buses, a first for the transit system. Thanks to the Boeing and the Charleston County Aviation Authority, a partnership with City of North Charleston, the route is also free of charge.

      "We know there is a need for more service in this area and it has been a long-term goal of the Board to bring hybrid buses to the system. We have heard riders' requests and have found a way to not only bring this service, but offer it for free with hybrid equipment, which is huge for our system," said CARTA Board Chairman Elliott Summey. "We appreciate the support of Boeing, the City of North Charleston and the Aviation Authority in making this all possible."

      The shuttle will run seven days a week, and its route will run on International Boulevard with stops at the airport, North Charleston Coliseum, Boeing, hotels, retail shops, and restaurants.

      "The City of North Charleston has some of the highest ridership for several of CARTA's routes. Residents depend on the service to get them to work, while visitors use it to travel between places to stay, visit, eat, and shop--all without leaving North Charleston," said North Charleston{}Mayor{}Keith Summey.

      "This shuttle service will provide a more efficient way for visitors and residents to travel in the North Charleston area, and will also provide Boeing South Carolina teammates with an environmentally-friendly way of commuting to and from places of business on the shuttle route, all without adding traffic to the roads," said Boeing South Carolina{}Director of Operations Willy Geary.

      "Charleston is making national lists every day and we are seeing tourism quickly increase with this exposure. It is important that we accommodate this growth with true southern hospitality," said Aviation Authority Chairman Andy Savage. "The NASH free shuttle demonstrates this hospitality with the bonus of hybrid buses, a great addition to our area. "

      To learn more about the new route in the North Charleston area, can visit www.RideCARTA.com.

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