Horry County Notebook | Coast RTA happy with summer ridership

bdickerson@thesunnews.comOctober 11, 2012 

— Coast RTA officials say they are pleased with the inaugural season of the authority’s entertainment shuttle.

The service, which debuted April 1 and hits popular tourist destinations such as the SkyWheel and Broadway at the Beach, had approximately 24,925 riders through Sept. 3, according to information from Yvette Jefferson, spokeswoman for Coast.

For the summer months of June through August, Coast had approximately 237,515 riders, Jefferson said. That’s up substantially from the 175,661 the transit service clocked for the same period in 2011.

“We definitely had a great year,” Jefferson said.

That great year came about after Coast RTA received over $1.05 million from Horry County for the 2012 fiscal year, which more than doubled what the organization received for the 2011 fiscal year.

Those additional funds helped to reinstate a route to Market Common, expand the route from Conway to Myrtle Beach to seven days a week and create the entertainment shuttle.

There also were plans to create a shuttle to and from Myrtle Beach International Airport. Jefferson said it hasn’t started yet, because of the logistical hardships brought on by the construction of the new terminal.

Jefferson said they’ll wait until the new terminal is up and running before offering that service. The terminal work is expected to be finished in January.

Now, a change in seasons means a change in Coast RTA’s service schedule for the fall and winter months.

Starting Sunday, new hours will be put into effect for six routes.

The hours are: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Saturday for the Conway route; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with no 6:30 a.m. departure, for the Conway to Myrtle Beach route; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday for the Myrtle Beach connector; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday for North Ocean Boulevard; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday for South Ocean Boulevard; 5:20 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Georgetown to Myrtle Beach; and 5:45 a.m. to 6:25 p.m. Monday through Sunday for Georgetown Express.

Additionally, the Grand Strand to Charleston connector is suspended until further notice.

For more information, contact Coast RTA at (843) 488-0865.

Second absentee voting location to open

Horry County officials are establishing a second absentee voting location in advance of an expected large turnout.

The second location will be in the atrium of the Horry County Government and Justice Center, located at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway, according to a press release. A section in the atrium has been partitioned off in order to provide this extra location.

In-person absentee voting at the county government center will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Oct. 22 and running through Nov. 2.

The primary absentee voting location is at the county’s registration and elections office, located at 1515 Fourth Ave., in Conway. Absentee voting there is currently available and will run through Nov. 5.

Loris library to close temporarily

The Horry County Memorial Library, Loris branch, will be closed on Oct. 20, according to a press release.

Patrons who need to use the library may wish to visit the Green Sea/Floyds branch located at 5331 Hwy 9 in Green Sea or the Stephens Crossroads branch located at 107 Hwy 57 North in Little River.

Contact reporter BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.

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