With a crowd of 20 attendees, ranging from community members, transit riders, CARTA drivers, and campaign staff, Transit Complete the Penny launched Tuesday morning to take transportation in the Lowcountry into the 21st Century. Pictured above is a new bus stop, designed specially for installation at the Local WORKS co-working space which currently houses our office.
Leaders from the Amalgamated Transit Union, Anthony Garland, and the Charleston Labor Council, April Lott, spoke about the challenges we face in the Lowcountry to overcome cultural and political barriers to winning expansive and effective public transit. Yet there is a need and hunger in the community for such transit solutions, as expressed eloquently by our resident poet, Fran Cardwell, as well as community members and riders.
Children in attendance took on manageable responsibilities as part of their education in civic engagement, while they were treated to the theatrics of unveiling the new bus stop, as well as our traditional activity of designing a transit system for the Lowcountry using model train tracks.
Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to running our first Phone Bank tomorrow!