As part of CTAA’s Technical Assistance effort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, staff worked with the Lowcountry Council of Governments on the development of a new fixed route transit service in the City of Walterboro. The service would connect local residents to employment and job training centers in and around Walterboro. CTAA provided guidance on routing and schedules, and developed a marketing and outreach plan including a logo and brand for the service. (See below – photo is attached as a png)
With funding from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the new transit service was launched in October, 2017. The positive impact of the service was immediately apparent. In the first two weeks of operation, 144 riders gained or maintained access to employment or job training. Total ridership over the first year of operation was 4,000. CTAA staff monitored the service over this period, and conducted several on board assessments.
On August 13, Charlie Rutkowski travelled to Yemassee, South Carolina and met with staff of the Lowcountry Council of Governments to review the operation and performance of the service. The continued growth and success of the Walterboro Works service has prompted the City of Walterboro to fund the service after the initial operating grant from the South Carolina expired.
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.