posted on Friday, May 15, 2015
Conway, SC - With
tourist season gearing up for 2015, Coast RTA has announced its
plans for peak season service during the height of summer that will
accommodate the residents as well as the visitors. In planning for
its 2015 summer service, Coast RTA is in the process of hiring
drivers to handle the extended hours needed for the
"We evaluated our 2013 and 2014 summer service
ridership numbers regarding frequency versus extended hours. The
numbers and the need proved that the extended hours were more
desirable in the peak season versus doubling our frequency. The
2014 data was useful to prove the residents who work in the
hospitality industry need the extended hours versus the additional
frequency to return home after work," said Brian Piascik, General
Manager and CEO. "We're delaying summer service to mid-June to
allow Coast RTA time to hire quality summer drivers who can assist
us in handling the peak season and continue filling the needs of
our local residents and tourists."
The following Coast RTA routes/times will be
effective Monday, June 15 (Please note the Myrtle Beach Transfer
Station is located on 10th Avenue/Mr. Joe White, across
from City Hall):
- Route 7- Will have some route
modifications to avoid traffic congestion and feature one hour
frequencies. There will be a bus leaving the Conway Terminal
and the Myrtle Beach Transfer Center at the top of every hour with
the last bus leaving the Transfer Center at 11 p.m. for
- Route 10, which leaves the Myrtle Beach
Transfer Station and includes the Coastal Grand Mall, was modified
in 2014 to accommodate the Myrtle Beach International Airport and
Kings Highway locations. This route will have a bus departing the
Myrtle Beach Transfer Center every hour at the top of the hour
until 10 p.m
- Routes 15 N (to 82nd and Grand
Strand Hospital) & 15 S (to Market Common) - A
bus departs the Myrtle Beach Transfer Center every hour at the top
of the hour from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Route 16 (Georgetown to Myrtle Beach) -
Schedule remains the same with an additional bus added that will
leave the Myrtle Beach Transfer Center at 6:30 p.m. for Georgetown
on Route 16.
- Route 21, also known as the Entertainment
Express (serves the Broadway at the Beach and downtown tourist
attractions). This FREE service runs 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. with
20-minute frequencies. Passengers are picked up along the route,
including the Broadway at the Beach Visitors Center. The
Entertainment Express does not stop at the Transfer Center.
Routes 1 and 16 Express will remain unchanged
throughout the Summer Service timeframe.
All transit services are seven days per week (with
the exception of Route 1 which is offered Monday through Saturday).
With the exception of Route 1, 16 and 16 Express, all services end
at 11 p.m. daily. The Summer Service frequencies will end on
September 6 and Coast RTA's Fall Schedule will begin on September 7
Coast RTA is still seeking Class B (or higher)
drivers with passenger endorsements. Interested candidates may
apply online at www.coastrta.com or at the Coast RTA office,
1418 Third Avenue, Conway.
For more information including additional information
on route, schedule and fares, call 843-488-0865 or visit the
About Coast RTA.
Founded in 1983,Coast RTA has seen a steady increase
in ridership. In 2013, CoastRTA surpassed the million mark with
1,019,184 rides. Daily, CoastRTA transports riders to and from
their desired points of interest, jobs, shopping, school and
medical appointments in Horry and Georgetown Counties.
Coast RTA's mission is to provide safe, reliable,
affordable, clean and courteous mass public transportation that
enhances the quality of life for residents and supports the growth