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Mar 24, 2020

COPING WITH COVID: Gotcha Mobility

Coping with COVID SC Biz News is speaking with small businesses and community leaders about the impact of the new coronavirus on business and industry, and how this is changing how they operate. Contact Andy Owens,, with any questions or ideas. About 50% of Gotcha Mobility’s bicycles and scooters are sitting unused on university campuses, […]

Mar 5, 2020

Gotcha, Last Mile complete acquisition

The acquisition of Gotcha Mobility LLC by Last Mile Holdings, formerly Ojo Electric, has closed. The $12 million acquisition was first reported in November. Last Mile Holdings paid Gotcha $5 million in cash, with half payable now and half payable in five months, and $7 million in shares of Last Mile, half of which was […]

Mar 2, 2020

Judge dismisses I-526 lawsuit

A Richland County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Charleston County’s use of two, half-cent sales tax referendums to fund the extension of Interstate 526. Coastal Conservation League, with two Charleston County citizens, sued Charleston County, the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank and the S.C. [...]

Feb 20, 2020

CARTA weighs ride-hailing partner pilot program

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority is considering partnering with a ride-hailing company such as Uber or Lyft in order to make its service more efficient in downtown Charleston. The pilot program, unanimously approved Wednesday by CARTA’s board, would allow seniors 55 and older and qualified Tel-A-Ride customers to receive a $5 subsidy on any […]

Feb 18, 2020

Lieutenant governor hosts Charleston transportation forum

While long-term fixes to transportation problems move through the planning process, Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette said business leaders across the state need to be focused on “low-hanging fruit” and short-term fixes rather than waiting years for an infrastructure project. “What I have in mind is I want to keep concentrating on the long-term goals, things […]

Feb 12, 2020

New gig-based moving business to launch Charleston service

A new, gig-based moving service is launching Charleston service, with moves expected to begin next week. Bellhops is an app- and web-based moving service that allows users to create a moving plan, receive a price estimate and match with movers and drivers in the area. Bellhops assembles movers and drivers based on the location, [...]

Jan 16, 2020

COG takes on governance of TriCounty Link

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments board of directors has assumed governance of TriCounty Link, the region’s rural public transportation service. TriCounty Link had previously been governed by its own board of directors. “This move will allow us to make strategic adjustments over time as our region changes,” COG Executive Director Ron Mitchum said in a […][...]

Nov 21, 2019

Gotcha acquired by West Coast scooter company for $12M

Gotcha Mobility LLC, the company that operates Charleston’s bike share program and dozens of other bike and scooter programs across the country, has been acquired for $12 million by Ojo Electric Corp., based in Oxnard, Calif. The merger is expected to close by the end of the year. Ojo Electric is approximately 2 years old [...]

Nov 15, 2019

We have the best city, but we can’t rest on our laurels

After so many years of being rated the No. 1 city in the entire universe, it took us a little work to digest this new-to-us ranking from U.S. News & World Report. The great state of South Carolina is not No. 1, nor No. 2 or even No. 22. The Palmetto State ranks 42nd in […]

Nov 7, 2019

S.C. DOT opens I-526 Lowcountry Corridor project office

The S.C. Department of Transportation has opened a North Charleston office focused on the Interstate 526 Lowcountry Corridor West project to allow community members to learn more about the project. The I-526 Lowcountry Corridor West project is an effort to increase capacity and improve operations at the Interstate 26 and I-526 i[...]

Nov 5, 2019

Traffic initiative adds 2 new participants

Two more Lowcountry employers have joined the Reboot the Commute initiative, a program launched by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance to reduce the region’s traffic congestion. The addition of Geocent, a technology and engineering services company, and Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic brings the number of employers participating in Reboot the Commute to 20. “When […][...]

Oct 9, 2019

DOT approves rapid transit project for development

The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project to move into the project development phase, marking a major milestone for the public transportation project. A Lowcountry mass transit system has been in development by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments since 2014. In [...]