|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2009)|
|Founded||1980 by Ivory Wilson, Clarence Watkins, and J. R. Taylor|
|Headquarters||1418 3rd Avenue, Conway, SC|
|Service area||Horry County to Georgetown County, South Carolina|
|Service type||bus service, paratransit|
|Stations||Conway South Carolina,
1418 3rd Avenue, Conway
|Fuel type||Diesel, Gas|
|Chief executive||Myers Rollins, Jr|
|General Mnager||Myers Rollins, Jr|
|Website||Coast RTA Website|
Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority (or Coast RTA, formerly known as Waccamaw RTA and Lymo) is a public bus service along the Grand Strand in Horry County, South Carolina. It offers service every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. It is based out of Conway, South Carolina and services an area from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown including Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown, Andrews, Conway and Loris. The mission statement of Coast is to provide a safe, reliable, affordable and courteous mass public transportation that enhances the quality of life for residents and to also supports the growth of local tourism.
In July 1983 the vision of three men, Ivory Wilson, Clarence Watkins, and J. R. Taylor, came to fruition with bus service for the area that was being provided by Coastal Rapid Public Transit Authority (CRPTA). The dream actually began on July 4, 1980 when Wilson, Watkins and Taylor began planning to provide transportation for those in need to places of employment, shopping and medical offices in Horry and Georgetown counties
The company began with only six GM buses which were on lease from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. In that first year the new transit company enjoyed an average of 332 boarding's per day. The following year the number of boardings grew to 729.
For sixteen years the company operated as a private, non-profit organization that was governed by a three member board that consisted of Wilson, Taylor, and George Richardson. In 1999 the CRPTA became a public, non-profit known as The Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority and is now guided by a nine member board instead of three. The RTA has done business under several names: Lymo (during some very challenging times) and now is known as Coast RTA.
Today Coast RTA is operated by a dedicated staff that is quite proud of their accomplishments and contributions to their local community. Coast RTA operates 50 vehicles ranging from 18-passenger to 40-passenger buses and presently services fifteen fixed routes, including Coastal Carolina University, some with a demand service component. In addition the company provides Paratransit services and limited contract services.
On Feb 22, 2013, it was announced that Coastal Carolina University will not be renewing its bus shuttle contract with Coast RTA. The Coastal Carolina University Board of Trustees meeting Thursday February 21, 2013, where Stacie Bowie, vice president and chief financial officer, told the board the contract with the bus company would expired in August and the university will not sign a new one and instead the university would create its own bus shuttle service, purchase its own buses and hire its own drivers.
On May 14, 2013, it was announced by WBTW and WPDE as well as The Sun News on May 16, 2013 that Coast RTA that initial plans were being discussed for a new facility. It was also announced that Coast has selected North Charleston Stanteck Consulting who won a $246,137 contract to come up with a plan for the new site. The main focus will be to find the right location which could take about eight months and after a location is found then a design can be completed. Stantec would like the poject to be more than a transportation hub with retail on sit, bicycle pedestrian amenities and a dial a ride service. According to Coast general manager, Myers Rollins said that theresults from a 2010 transit study was moving Coast RTA’s headquarters out of downtown Conway and east of the Intracoastal Waterway. Officials with Coast say that a large number of services are offered closer to the beach, as well as the deteriorating condition of the current facility, make it a priority to construct a new headquarters for an area public transportation system that serves hundreds of thousands of riders a year and has a fleet of 42 buses.
The information on Coast RTA's fixed routes below can directly from the Coast RTA website and will be updated here as changes are made to the Coast RTA Fixed Route page.
|7||Conway to Myrtle Beach|
|10||Myrtle Beach Connector|
|15N||North Ocean Boulevard|
|15S||South Ocean Boulevard|
|16||Georgetown to Myrtle Beach|
|16||Express: Andrews - Georgetown - Myrtle Beach|
|17 Teal||CCU Shuttle Teal|
|17 Bronze||CCU Shuttle Bronze|
|18 Bronze||CCU Shuttle Bronze - Saturday and Sunday|
|22||CCU Shuttle - Sunday and Thursday|
|CCU Shuttle||Coastal Carolina University|
Rate Fare Passes
|All Day Pass||1 Day||Unlimited||$5.00|
|3 Day Pass||3 Days||Unlimited||$10.00|
|7 Day Pass||7 Days||Unlimited||$20.00|
|15 Day Pass||15 Days||Unlimited||$40.00|
|Family Pass (4)||1 Day||Unlimited||$15.00|
|10 Ride Pass||Varies||10||$13.50|
**The above passes cannot be used in conjunction with, Route 15N, Route 15S, Demand Response and Express Routes (16X). Value Passes (used like Cash]: $3.00, $10.00 and $25.00. Passes may be purchased at: Coast RTA Mon-Fri 9am - 6pm or Piggly Wiggly, Hwy 17 Myrtle Beach and Georgetown.
The Coast RTA Paratransit service is a fully coordinated human service system, including demand response and subscription services. Paratransit service is for seniors (over 60) and individuals with disabilities or conditions that prevent them from using the Coast RTA fixed route system.
Citizen's Accessible Transit System (CATS)
The Citizen's Accessible Transit SystemCitizenss Accessible Transit System or CATS is a paratransit service specifically for people with disabilities. The CATS service is available in the areas of both Horry and Georgetown counties where Coast RTA fixed routes operate. The service is offered to qualified riders during hours when fixed routes are operating. To qualify for the CATS program you must get a doctor to certify you disability and you must also live within 3/4 mile of a Coast RTA fixed route stop and your destination must also be within 3/4 mile of a Coast RTA fixed route stop.
The CATS program is a curb-to-curb advanced reservation, shared ride, transportation service that is open to anyone who has pre-qualified on the basis of either having a physical or mental disability. The service has no restrictions on the purpose or the frequency of reservations, although the service is provided on a time and space available basis.
CATS riders as well as companions if there are any will pay double the fixed route fare, but will pay no more than $3 per person for service. Approved and registered attendants are not charged to accompany rider. Companions are allowed on a space available basis at the $3.00 fare.
Coast RTA will be launching a new Airport Shuttle service from the Myrtle Beach International Airportto various hotels located along Ocean Blvd. Service will begin on June 1, 2013
- "About Coast RTA Creating a world-class transportation system". Coast RTA. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Coast RTA Program Profile". SC Access Aging and Disability Info. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Gale, Heather. "CCU to stop using Coast RTA for shuttles". My Horry News. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Mishkin, Leah. "Coast RTA makes plans for a new facility". WBTW. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Dickerson, Brad (16 May 2013). "Horry County Notebook | Coast RTA moving ahead with plans for new headquarters Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2013/05/16/3490243/horry-county-notebook-coast-rta.html#storylink=cpy". The Sun News. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Williams, Taylor. "Coast RTA could branch out services with new hub". WPDE. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Dickerson, Brad (9 August 2012). "Coast RTA aiming to base bus service closer to Myrtle Beach Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/08/09/2990867/coast-rta-looking-for-home-closer.html#storylink=cpy". The Sun News. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Coast RTA Routes We're Going Your Way". Coast RTA. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Fare Passes". Coast RTA. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Paratransit Service Info". Coast RTA. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Citizens Accessible Transit System (CATS) Info". Coast RTA. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Airport Shuttle Coming Soon". Coast RTA. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Dickerson, Brad (4 March 2013). "Coast RTA to start shuttle service to Myrtle Beach International Airport". The Sun News. Retrieved 17 May 2013.