posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3:30PM September 10, 2018
Conway (SC) - In anticipation of Governor Henry McMaster's
executive order for evacuation for Horry County, Coast RTA has
cancelled its fixed routes and paratransit services scheduled for
Tuesday in preparation for its role in hurricane evacuations. If an
evacuation is ordered, Coast RTA's fixed route and paratransit
services will be suspended until further notice. In the event that
the evacuation is NOT ordered, Coast RTA expects to resume full
service, weather permitting.
"Once an executive order is announced, Coast RTA initiates its
role as the responsible party for public evacuation. We operate
24/7 in transporting residents to local shelters until the
evacuation is over," said Coast RTA General Manager Brian Piascik.
"We urge everyone to be mindful of the road conditions (considering
traffic as well as the projected wind and rain) and allow extra
time to reach their destinations. Safety comes first!"
There are 20-plus designated hurricane
evacuation bus stops/pick up locations served by Coast RTA along
the Grand Strand throughout Zones A, B, and C. Coast RTA will post
blue and white hurricane evacuation bus stop signs the designated
hurricane pick up locations beginning immediately. Once evacuation
is ordered, Coast RTA will pick up residents waiting at these
designated hurricane evacuation bus stops and transport them to
emergency shelters. When the Governor lifts the evacuation order
and it has been deemed safe, Coast RTA will transport the residents
back to the hurricane evacuation bus stops.
Coast RTA asks residents to limit
belongings/bedding/luggage to one bag per person. No pets are
allowed at the local shelters and therefore cannot be transported
by Coast RTA to the shelters. For a complete listing
evacuation/shelter tips and Residents with special transportation
needs may call Coast RTA's Customer Service to discuss options. For
those needing shelters to accommodate special medical needs, please
call SCDHEC at 843.915.8804.
Service updates will be announced through local
media outlets and social media channels for evacuation
transportation; as well as post-hurricane re-instatement of fixed
route and paratransit service. For the latest updates on Coast
RTA's bus service during Hurricane Irma, call Coast RTA's customer
service at 843.488.0865, check Coast RTA's social media platforms
and its transportation APP.
For more information including additional route, schedule and
fares information, call 843-488-0865 or visit the website www.RideCoastRTA.com.