On Sunday, a team of transit supporters moved out from Marion Square to talk to over 1000 people on King Street for the Second Sunday Festival. We signed up 100 new people to support the campaign to build Charleston County's Bus Rapid Transit System and improve our other bus routes, as well as saving green space and building more roads.
It's fun and exciting to work downtown, but we need to push the campaign to where the people are who have given up going downtown because they don't want to fight parking and traffic. It took over an hour and half to reach the location of tonight's event on Dorchester road where we met a community of people isolated from both Summerville and Charleston by a road which has become a parking lot. It's time to get moving.
We need your help to reach the 25,000 people we need to talk to this fall to win the referendum vote on Nov. 8.
Today, our friends at the Community Resource Center in Summerville have opened their Flowertown office just off main street behind Berlin G. Myers for an evening of outreach with a cookout. It's located at 116 West 2nd North Street, Summerville, SC
We'll hit the sidewalks of Summerville starting at 2:30 to let people in Flowertown know the campaign has begun. (Part of Summerville is in Charleston County, the rest of the town may vote in it's own referendum in the future to connect to the Charleston County hub of the System). If you get to Summerville later in the afternoon, call William Hamilton at (843) 870-5299 to help.
At 5 pm, we'll have a Pizza Dinner and get to know each other. At 6 pm, we'll fire up the campaign's second phone bank calling into Charleston County where voters can choose to build the core of a regional rapid transit system which Dorchester County can choose to connect to later. A strong showing will demonstrate to Dorchester County Politicians that support for transit exists there. Sign up on Facebook.
On Thursday evening, the Amalgamated Transit Union, the people who keep our current transit system moving, are going to step on the accelerator to speed up to something better. You can ride with them by getting on at the bright blue steelworker's Union Hall at 1545 Meeting Street Road (on the Charleston Neck) on the #10 & #11 CARTA Bus lines. They'll also have snacks before training and hitting the phones. Sign up to call with the Bus Drivers and Transit Workers of the Amalgamated Transit Union on Thursday.
We're going out to events, activities and forums all over the Lowcountry all week and all weekend. We need people to talk to the public, collect signatures and hand out information. If you want to help, contact Field Organizer Nicolas Bell at phone (510) 504-2830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a huge effort, but we're having fun. In our pictures, you'll see blue conductor's caps worn by the staff and volunteers who have already contacted 500 people about the referendum. They're conducting the Lowcountry to a better future, just like the people who built the Best Friend of Charleston did 186 years ago. That is history now. Why not help make some history of your own this fall. Help bring the BRT and let's go somewhere together.