posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
On November 2, 2010, Horry County residents will vote on the
following referendum: Do you favor the funding by
Horry County, in an amount not to exceed 6/10ths of a Mill
($1,080,000.00) annually, for the operations of a regional public
mass transportation provider such as Coast RTA?
Read below for some answers to frequently asked questions about
this mass public transportation referendum. Download the brochure
1. What is Public Transportation?
- Public transportation is a service for seniors, students,
medical patients, workers, tourists and others who do not have
- Like police, fire, EMS and road construction, it is a public
service for those who need it, when they need it.
2. Who uses mass public transportation?
Public transportation riders are diverse:
- Seniors 65 or older, 7%
- 18 years and younger, 10%
- Women, 52%
- Caucasians, 45%
- African-Americans, 31%
- Hispanics, 18%
- All other commuters, 6%
3. How does the cost to ride mass transit compare to the coast
for a cab?
- In Horry County, a cab ride starts at $1.50, and $2.80 per mile
thereafter. Coast RTA fixed routes are $1.50 per ride.
4. How would investing in transit benefit me personally?
- Each bus removes 40 cars from our roads further reducing
congestion and making the roads safer for everyone.
- Less traffic congestions improves the quality of life.
- Public transportation benefits the environment and causes less
dependency on foreign oil.
5. Wouldn't it be cheaper to build or widen more roads?
- Studies have shown that new roadways quickly fill to capacity
which does not relieve congestion.
- It could coast up to ten million dollars ($10,000,000) per mile
to build a roadway.
6. Why aren't the buses full all of the time?
- The purpose of mass public transportation is to provide service
to those who need it, when they need it.
- Like police, fire, and school buses, Coast RTA's system is
designed to meet the needs of the community.
7. How will funding Coast RTA help support tourism in Horry
- Coast RTA provies transportation options for residents that
work in the tourist industry.
- Coast RTA provides options for tourists to park their cars and
8. If the referendum doesn't pass, what will happen?
- Jobs will be lost
- People will lose accessibility to work, recreation, education,
shopping and medical appointments
- Tourism and the local economy will be adversely affected.
9. How much would it cost the average household in Horry
- $0.00 - $2.40 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.
10. How can I support mass public transportation in Horry
As a concerned citizen, you can:
- Contact your local, state and federal officials to ask for
- Write letters to City and County Council
- Write letters to the Editor
- Host informative meetings
- Encourage people to go to the polls on November 2 to vote
- Most importantly..."Try Transit!"
For more information contact:
Yvette Jefferson, Coordinator
phone: 843-488-0865, ext. 221