The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority submitted its 2011 budget during the Charleston County Council’s July 8 finance committee meeting and after some discussion it was unanimously approved.
Executive Director Howard Chapman gave a brief summary and noted that the operations budget was little different from the previous year, at least in total.
While there was a large drop in the contribution from the half-cent sales tax allocation, this had been more than made up by federal grants.
Chapman reported that ridership this year was running about 7 percent higher than during the same period last year.
He also said that CARTA had taken delivery of 11 new buses and was in the process of commissioning them.
Warwick Jones is a resident of Charleston and has been involved with a number of area organizations, including the Charleston County Greenbelt Advisory Board and the Preservation Society of Charleston.