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In the wake of new parking regulations in Charleston, the city has come up with solutions for frustrated employees that work downtown. The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) and Charleston Area Hospitality Association (CAHA) are encouraging hospitality employees to find other ways to get to work. So if you’re regularly trying to commute downtown, check out some of these Charleston transportation ideas.
If you’re dead set on driving your own car downtown, there are four garages with discounted rates. The Visitor Center Garage on Mary Street and the Queen Street Garage will have a $7.00 flat rate after 3:00 PM and a $5.00 flat rate after 5:00 PM. The city will prorate if you parked before those times. The East Bay Garage on Prioleau Street and the Majestic Square Garage on King Street will have a $5.00 flat rate after 5:00 PM and will prorate if you parked before 5:00 PM.
If public transportation is more your speed, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is improving its services. They’ve launched an app that shows the real-time movement of their vehicles. A park-and-ride lot and shuttle service, operated by CARTA in partnership with the city of Charleston and Charleston county is expected to launch within the next month.
Another ridesharing opportunity comes in the form of Lowcounty Go, or Low Go. This commuter services program is an innovation in Charleston transportation. The service connects real people with real commuter solutions to reduce both costs and traffic congestion. People can register and connect with fellow commuters to share in the cost.
So, don’t let rising meter rates get you down. There are plenty of Charleston transportation tools for you to make your commute with less money and hassle.