Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Noting that Coast RTA was not afraid to “think outside the box,” Bo Ives, the chairman of the regional transportation agency’s citizens advisory committee, planned to ask members of the Burgess Community Association what suggestions they had, if funding were available, to fill the needs of the community.
But cold weather and the threat of ice kept people away and politicians, Coast RTA staffers and Burgess association board members far outnumbered the public.
Ives noted that most of the people did not use the service because it was not available in the area. He said that the primary service was along Route 17 that runs from Conway to Myrtle Beach, the authority’s transfer station.
He lauded the two new routes along the airport, that serves the north and south ends of the resort area and the airport, as well as the service from Georgetown to the attractions at Myrtle Beach.
“The reason we’re going out to areas like Burgess is that we think there is a need for transportation in these areas,” Ives said.
The last time he said there was such a series of meetings in 2011 people in the Socastee area persuaded the organization there was a need for a service in that area, a need for people to get to doctors’ appointments and to shopping.
Ives said in response to a question about transport to medical providers that the bus system does offer that service and is reimbursed providing the caller is within 2 miles of a main trunk line. “For outside of that, we don’t get reimbursed, and it is costly,” he said.
He also noted that while Horry County does contribute to the system, other areas – particularly North Myrtle Beach – do not.
“We want ridership to determine our needs, not politics,” Ives said.