Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority, or CARTA, operates Charleston's public transportation system covering parts of Charleston and Dorchester counties in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina, including the cities of Charleston, North Charleston and the surrounding communities of Mount Pleasant, Summerville, James Island, Sullivan's Island, and the Isle of Palms. CARTA is the state's largest public transportation provider and ranks as one of the top systems in the Southeast, with a ridership of well over 4 million annually. CARTA presently contracts with Transdev for staffing and managing the bus drivers in addition to maintaining and scheduling the buses. CARTA began service in 1997 and operates seven days a week on each day of the year. In addition to its regular fixed routes, CARTA offers express commuter service on weekdays, a free area shuttle service in downtown Charleston, and Tel-A-Ride services for eligible residents. Since inception, CARTA has operated 68 New Flyer-built buses.

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