Public Transit

The College of Charleston encourages students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of the local bus system that is available in Charleston. Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority, CARTA, is free for campus members with their CofC ID.

And, don't worry about giving up your parking permit. CofC's Parking Services offers 'Occasional Parking' in the St. Philips garage at $10 / day through Cougar Cash. So, on those rainy days or days when you're running late, you can still park on campus! 

Planning a trip? 

  • The TransitApp provides you with real time updates so you’ll always know how long the commute will take. 
  • CARTA offers a trip planner through their homepage.
  • Additional bus route maps can be found here!


Worried about using public transit? Don't be!

Using public transportation can be a bit intimidating for some people, which can result in the avoidance of using it. One of our goals is to address these valid concerns and provide information and resources that can help reduce the anxiety of using public transportation. 

  • CARTA buses are safe and clean. The buses have WiFi, so you can check your feed while you’re on your trip without using cellular data. 
  • There are a variety of resources that you can use to plan your trip. These resources will tell you the exact details of your trip, including destination maps and commute time. These resources can be found under “Planning a trip?”
  • The Center for Sustainable Development has also created easy to follow bus routes for your convenience. Routes include popular spots such as the Citadel Mall, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Publix
  • Feeling anxious about attaching your bike to the front of a bus? Read these easy to follow directions from CARTA. Check back soon for a follow along video of how to attach your bike to the front of the bus!

Additional CARTA Services

  • Tel-a-Ride Services are for those who are unable to use regular public transportation due to mobility impairments. 
  • Downtown Area Shuttles, DASH, are specific CARTA buses for popular downtown routes. The three DASH routes include a Lockwood Dr/Calhoun St. circulator, College of Charleston/ Aquarium circulator, and a Meeting St./ King St. circulator. 
  • HOP Park and Ride Shuttles is a service that allows people to park and ride to avoid finding a parking spot on the downtown peninsula. DASH Shuttles are free for everyone to explore downtown Charleston. 
  • The College of Charleston currently offers a Discounted Daily Garage Parking rate for employees who use CARTA the majority of the time, but may sometimes need to use their own personal vehicle. Check here for more information regarding employee parking discounts. 
  • CARTA has three express routes that run throughout Charleston to surrounding cities and an additional express route that runs to the Charleston International Airport. Schedules for these routes can be found here.


COVID-19 Safety Precautions

CARTA has taken many precautions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Buses are cleaned on a nightly basis, but it is recommended that passengers take precautions and sanitize any surface areas they might touch. Masks or face coverings are required to board CARTA buses. Free masks and sanitizer are available to passengers. For more information about CARTA’s COVID-19 Service, please visit www.ridecarta.com and look for the yellow return to service banner. In addition, the HOP Park and Ride Shuttle Service parking lot is free for the remainder of 2020. Please also remember to keep at least six feet between yourself and others while waiting at bus stops and boarding the buses.