Coast RTA Suspends its Hurricane Matthew Evacuations

posted on Friday, October 07, 2016

As Hurricane Matthew moves toward the South Carolina with anticipated tropical storm wind, rain and storm surge,Coast RTA announced that it will suspend its evacuation service for Horry County residents in Zone A at 2 PM TODAY. 

It will suspend service to its Zone B and C stops at Noon.

Coast RTA mobilized its evacuation efforts Thursday when SC Gov. Nikki Haley issued her executive order for Zone A evacuation of Horry and Georgetown Counties. Since then, Coast RTA has evacuated more than 150 residents to local shelters. Public transportation evacuation services for Hurricane Matthew were suspended Friday morning by Horry County Emergency Management for Coast RTA, its public transportation partner. However, evacuation orders for residents in Zone A remain in effect until the Governor rescinds the order.  

Coast RTA has 20 hurricane evacuation bus stops along the Grand Strand throughout Zones A, B and C and will serve all three zones during the re-entry period. During evacuation, all Coast RTA rides end at officially designated emergency shelters. When using Coast RTA for transportation to the local shelters, look for the temporary blue and white hurricane evacuation bus stop signs to designate the pick-up location. Serving as the transportation partner during emergency preparedness efforts, Coast RTA offers the evacuation and re-entry transportation for FREE to anyone needing a ride to the local shelters.

Coast RTA's Zone A Hurricane Bus Stops/Pick Up Locations that will be served until 2 PM include:  

Evacuation Bus Stop#  // Location Name  /  Address

1.) Food Lion Little River - 3379 East Highway 9

2.) North Myrtle Beach High School - 3760 Sea Mountain Hwy

3.) Roses North Myrtle Beach - 3500 South Highway 17, North Myrtle Beach

4.) Myrtle Beach Mall (formerly Colonial Mall) - 10177 N Kings Highway 

5.) Food Lion Myrtle Beach - 7631 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach

8.) Inlet Square Mall - 12125 Hwy 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet (Bus shelter at old K-Mart)

12.) Myrtle Beach Transfer Center - 10th Avenue North & N Oak Street

13.) Gator Hole Plaza - 550 N Highway 17, North Myrtle Beach

14.) Walmart Garden City - 545 Garden City Connector

"As Hurricane Matthew draws closer, weather conditions will deteriorate, especially in the last 12 hours before the hurricane hits. It's not safe for the residents, our staff nor the buses to be on the streets evacuating residents during that time. Timing is critical in using transportation to the local shelters," said Coast RTA General Manager Brian Piascik. "Coast RTA stands ready to initiate our re-entry transportation services once the Governor rescinds her order and the County activates re-entry for residents."

Once cleared for re-entry, return trips will only stop at the hurricane shelter evacuation designated pickup points.

Once cleared for re-entry, return trips will only stop at the hurricane shelter evacuation designated pickup points. 

Coast RTA asks passengers using its evacuation services to limit belongings/luggage to one bag per person plus bedding. While staying at the shelters, residents MUST be able to take care of themselves or have their caregivers with them. For a complete listing evacuation/shelter tips and Coast RTA evacuation bus stops, visit

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.

Announcements will be made through local media outlets and social media channels for post-hurricane re-instatement of fixed route and paratransit service. For the latest updates on Coast RTA's bus service during Hurricane Matthew, call Coast RTA's customer service at 843.488.0865.


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