HOW WE GOT HERE ...
Following a 15-month public study, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along U.S. 78/U.S. 52 (Rivers Avenue) was recommended as the solution to improve transit service and increase regional mobility in the 22-mile Interstate 26 Corridor that connects Summerville, North Charleston and Charleston.
The recommendation includes 16 hybrid- or all-electric vehicles operating in a semi-exclusive guideways (separated lanes) with priority at traffic signals to ensure reliability.
Currently the proposed service originates in Summerville and ends in downtown Charleston at Line Street. The proposed plan calls for 18 stations with park-and-ride lots, transit hubs and neighborhood stops serving major activity centers such as Summerville's Hutchinson Square, Trident Health/Charleston Southern University, Northwoods Mall, the North Charleston Intermodal Center and Charleston’s Upper Peninsula.
With an anticipated 60-minute end-to-end travel time and service every 10 minutes during peak times and 20 minutes in off-peak hours, Lowcountry Rapid Transit would provide a reliable alternative to sitting in traffic.