HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Coast RTA in Horry will assist with evacuation efforts on Thursday ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
According to a press release, Coast RTA cancelled its fixed routes and paratransit services scheduled for Thursday in preparation for its role in the Zone A evacuations.
"With the delivery of Gov Haley's executive order for evacuation, Coast RTA will begin evacuation services at noon TODAY," a Coast RTA official announced Thursday. "Anyone needing special transportation should call our customer service to discuss options (843.488.0865). Pets are not allowed at shelters."
There are 20 designated hurricane evacuation bus stops/pick up locations served by Coast RTA along the Grand Strand. Officials ask residents to limit belongings, bedding and luggage to one bag per person.
The 20 designated evacuation bus stops along the Grand Strand are:
- Food Lion Little River - 3379 E. Hwy. 9
- North Myrtle Beach High School - 3760 Sea Mountain Hwy
- Roses North Myrtle Beach - 3500 S. Hwy. 17, North Myrtle Beach
- Myrtle Beach Mall (formerly Colonial Mall) - 10177 N Kings Hwy
- Food Lion Myrtle Beach - 7631 N Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
- Socastee High School - 4900 Socastee Blvd., Myrtle Beach
- Walmart Surfside Beach - 2751 Beaver Run Blvd., Surfside Beach
- Inlet Square Mall - 12125 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet (Bus shelter at old K-Mart)
- Coastal Grand Mall - 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach (parking lot between Sticky Fingers and Dillards)
- Myrtle Beach Helping Hand - 1411 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach
- Myrtle Beach Street Reach - 1005 Osceola St., Myrtle Beach
- Myrtle Beach Transfer Center - 10th Ave. North and North Oak Street
- Gator Hole Plaza - 550 N. Hwy. 17, North Myrtle Beach
- Walmart Garden City - 545 Garden City Connector
- Forestbrook Middle School - 4430 Gator Lane
- James Frazier Community Center - 1370 Bucksport Road
- Bucksport Library - 7657 S. Hwy. 701
- St. James High School - 10800 Hwy. 707
- Burgess Community Center - 10299 Hwy. 707
- Waccamaw Pottery - the intersection of George Bishop Parkway and Fantasy Harbour Boulevard
"Once an executive order is announced, Coast RTA initiates its role as the responsible party for public evacuation. We operate 24/7 in transporting residents to and from local shelters until the evacuation is over," said Coast RTA General Manager Brian Piascik. "We urge everyone to be mindful of the road conditions - considering traffic as well as the projected wind and rain - and allow extra time to reach their destinations. Safety comes first."