Transit service being considered for Carolina Forest

Published: Sep. 22, 2011 at 4:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM EDT
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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) The Carolina Forest area has seen tremendous growth, at more than 500 percent in the last 10 years, and now Coast RTA officials are considering adding new bus service into the developing community.

During a Carolina Forest Civic Association meeting held on Wednesday, Coast RTA officials began surveying residents about plans to launch bus service and where such service would be welcomed.

"We don't have bike paths here which has been a big gripe of ours for a long time, so getting kids safely from point A to point B is probably the most important thing for Carolina Forest," said Dennis DiSabato, President of the Carolina Forest Civic Association.

The routes, which haven't been formularized, could be used to transport residents between Carolina Forest grocery stores, subdivisions, and recreation facilities.

If launched, a new bus service is estimated to cost between $50,000 to $100,000 depending on frequency and the amount of riders using the route.

Coast RTA currently offers service that does stop at the Carolina Forest and Highway 501 intersection.

Residents are encouraged to fill out a survey online to help officials determine needs.

Click here to visit that survey page.

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