Today marks the first day of a new era for the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority as well as those who utilize the public transportation service.
CARTA recently announced that on Monday, March 18, it would unveil its brand new "bus tracking" system, affording Charleston-area bus riders the ability to see where their rides are in real-time. More than 100 buses are already equipped with GPS units which are connected to the CARTA website to inform riders of travel time information and vehicle location. Ultiamtely, this makes waiting for the bus significantly less capricious, gives riders the opportunity to establish travel plans in advance, and allows them to minimize direct exposure to inclement weather.
CARTA currently has more than 1,300 bus stops but only 80 of them currently boast adequate rain-shelter, accurate route maps and rider instructions.