Coast RTA

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Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority dba The Coast RTA
Coast RTA logo.png
Headquarters Conway, SC
Service area Horry County and Georgetown County, South Carolina
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 10
Stations Conway South Carolina,
1418 3rd Avenue, Conway
Fuel type Diesel, Gas
Chief executive Julie Norton-Dew (Interim General Manager / CEO)
Website ridecoastrta.com

Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority (or Coast RTA, formerly both Waccamaw RTA and Lymo) is a public bus service along the Grand Strand in Horry County, South Carolina. It is based out of Conway, South Carolina and services an area from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown.

History[edit]

in July 1985 the vision for a bus service came fruition by Ivory Wilson, Clarence Watkins, and J. R. Taylor and provided bus service for the area being provided by Coastal Rapid Public Transit Authority. The dream really began on July 4, 1980 when all three men began planning to provide transportation for those in need to places of employment, shopping and medical offices for those living in Horry and Georgetown counties

When the company was start, it began with six GM buses, which it had leased from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. In the first year of service the company averaged 332 boarding's each day and it the following year the boarding's each day grew to 729.

For 16 years the has 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 CRPTA became Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority as well as becoming a public, non-profit which is guided by a nine member board of directors. The RTA has done business as Lymo (During some very challenging times.), but is now known as Coast RTA.

Coast currently receives funds from Horry, Georgetown, The City of Myrtle Beach and The City of Conway, which are matched by both the Federal Transit Administration, as well as the South Carolina Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Division

Significant steps are currently being taking to help better communicate the company's services using better signage and literature. As the acquisition of buses continues, new routes are being designed and introduced to get people where they want to go. An Automatic Vehicle Location system (AVL) is being investigated, as well as an Inter-Agency Transfer Hub are currently climbing to the top of Coast RTA's needs list. With the anticipation of funding increases, as well as a major growth in ridership, Coast RTA is currently on the verge of truly meeting its Mission Statement. The next twenty five years promise to be exciting and fulfilling.[note 1][1]

Fixed Routes[edit]

  • 1: Conway Circulator
  • 7 Conway/Myrtle Beach
  • 10 Myrtle Beach / Airport Connector
  • 15N: North Ocean Boulevard
  • 15S: South Ocean Boulevard
  • 16: Georgetown to Myrtle Beach
  • 16 Express: Andrews - Georgetown - Myrtle Beach
  • 21: Myrtle Beach Entertainment Express
  • 747N: Airport Shuttle North
  • 747S: Airport Shuttle South [2]

Paratransit[edit]

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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The information listed here may not be accurate as the Coast RTA website hasn't been updated on certain parts of the site

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Coast RTA". ridecoastrta.com. Coast RTA. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Coast RTA Routes: We're Going Your Way". ridecoastrta.com. Coast RTA. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

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