Carta launches new HOP shuttle for hospitality workers, but some feel it's not enough
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
Monday was the second day of the Hospitality On the Peninsula shuttle's trial run.
The shuttle and its' route were created with food and beverage industry workers in mind, due to the rising costs and difficulties with parking downtown.
Daniel Brock, a CARTA spokesperson says "There are eight stops along the HOP route, that service a lot of the entertainment district downtown, you just come up, buy your ticket, and place it in your dashboard."
Tickets for the pick-up lot have a flat fee of $5 for the entire day, compared to the $1 per 30 minutes at other parking lots and meters.
The two shuttles stop every 15 minutes to the Morrison Drive parking lot, running 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. everyday.
Jonathan Graham, a first time rider on the shuttle likes the concept of the shuttle bus, but feels this is just a start to a solution. " I think the city needs alternative parking solutions, this can help, it can't be the only solution though."
Graham shared that he knows of some people who work in the hospitality business that can not afford to an hour or more from their day to wait for a bus, due to having families and other things going on.
He also feels this is a complicated issue, but an approach needs to be made to create more solutions.
Riders of the HOP shuttle can download the "Transit App", to look up real-time arrivals of each shuttle.