Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Leadership Dorchester Class of 2012 has selected the Upper Dorchester Commuter Route of TriCounty Link as their service project for completion of their leadership program through the Greater Summerville and Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. This commuter route began as a pilot program on April 1, 2012 as a way to connect residents in upper Dorchester to employment, education and recreational opportunities in the lower part of the county. These residents can also use a free transfer to the CARTA system to provide additional access to the greater Charleston area.
As a pilot program sponsored by Dorchester County and the Upper Dorchester County Legislative Delegation, more than 4,300 people have utilized the commuter route with positive results. The pilot program will come to an end in September and the county is seeking a public-private partnership with local businesses and industry to keep this valuable service available to county residents. The Leadership Dorchester Class has adopted this initiative with the goal of raising funds to support the operational budget, raise awareness of the commuter route to increase ridership, and build shelters along the route to promote visibility and ease of use to those utilizing the route.
The Leadership Dorchester Class recognized the value of sustaining the commuter route not only as it reduces the number of cars on the road thereby reducing traffic congestion and the overall carbon footprint, but as leaders in the community, individual class members from varying industries recognized the impact this route will have in connecting a relatively untapped labor source in Upper Dorchester to employment opportunities along the route. Jerry Davis, Director of Business Development for Trident Technical College adds, “The new Tri-County Link bus route between Summerville and St. George represents a great opportunity for both employers in the greater Summerville region, and the residents of upper Dorchester County from St. George to Dorchester, SC. In addition to providing reliable public transportation for those that currently commute to work at the County Courthouse in St. George, the new route opens up expanded employment opportunities with businesses located along the Highway 78 corridor.”
The class’ project which concludes at the end of September will culminate in the completion of a new shelter at the Gahagan Park and Ride location. For more information about the route or how to get involved, contact Pam Bass at 843-259-4926 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About TriCounty Link The TriCounty Link system is comprised of 9 regular fixed routes and 4 commuter routes that provide services to rural residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. For more information, please visit www.ridetricountylink.com.