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CARTA breaks ground on new park-and-ride lot

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CARTA officials and board members break ground on a permanent park-and-ride lot. (Photo/Provided)The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority has broken ground on a new four-acre Rivers Avenue park-and-ride lot in North Charleston.

The lot, located on Melnick Drive next to Texas Roadhouse, will feature 289 parking spaces, as well as bathrooms and bike racks. It’s the first dedicated lot owned by CARTA and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, which has managed the transit authority since 2015.

“This is the region’s first true, permanent park-and-ride facility, and it’s another step forward for transit and alternative modes of transportation,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings in a news release.

The current Rivers Avenue park-and-ride area, in a nearby shared lot, is the busiest of the system’s seven park-and-ride locations. The lot is served by CARTA routes Express 1, Route 10, and Route 12 Upper Dorchester/Ashley Phosphate Road. TriCounty Link routes Commuter Solutions 1, Commuter Solutions 2 and B102 also service the lot.

There is no cost to park in the lot.

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