Project Backer: Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit
THE PROJECT OR INITIATIVE
For 20 years, as gridlock and traffic congestion have taken over the Lowcountry and made access to our beaches harder, local Government has struggled to plan a regional rapid transit system. There have been four major planning efforts which have gone nowhere. There are shelves of reports and diagrams about projects on which nobody ever moved a single shovel of sand or dirt.
On Saturday, July 18 we’re marching from the closest CARTA bus stop on the mainland to Front Beach Isle of Palms because no bus now goes to the beach.
Once there we’ll demonstrate, celebrate, gather the community in a joining of the waters ceremony and raise awareness of what would be better.
We’re also going to move some dirt and build a transit system, as a sand castle model, right on the beach. It doesn’t have to be perfect or to scale, but it needs to inspire and suggest how we can connect our communities and get moving again. We’re open to all ideas and concepts. Charleston Modern Traditional Architect Jenny Bevan will coordiante the effort. It’s time to go somewhere together!
This project will help the entire community visualize the sort of system they want to move towards building in the context of the day’s activities. We can work on a scale which is three dimensional, relevant and large enough to excite people. We belive this approach will work for children and adults, people who ride transit now and those who do not.
HURDLES & CHALLENGES
Permit from IOP Police Department has been issued for the event. Permit has been requeted from Mt. Pleasant PD for Mount Pleasant part of march and no problems are anticipate. Some funding would be helpful for ourtreach materials, shuttle services for return trip to mainland, printing and supplies.
We’ll be working with a network of community transit organizations in Mount Pleasant, N. Charleston, Charleston, Summerville and James Island as well as Charleston Moves and Truckers for Transit. Several other organizions are expected to become invovled.