Coast RTA officials are holding public meetings over the next two weeks to discuss the reduction of its door-to-door pickup service taking effect on May 1.
Executive director Myers Rollins said the agency ultimately determined that the service, called Coast Transit Plus, wasn’t cost efficient.
The service has been in place for four years and users are charged $6 per trip, versus the $1.50 riders pay for the fixed route shuttle, Rollins said.
Felicia Beaty, who co-chaired Coast’s Quality Assurance Committee that looked at the reduction, said the CTP averages more than 3,220 trips per year to a client base of over 1,000 riders.
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At $6 a trip, that comes out to an annual revenue of around $19,320, or $77,280 over four years.
Rollins said the yearly cost of operating the CTP service is $209,000.
In keeping with Coast RTA’s mission, Rollins said they’ve taken the data and now feel they have the information they need to transition from door-to-door to a more fixed route service.
The majority of those who use CTP have medical issues and use the service to get to and from doctor’s visits. Beaty said they comprise 46 percent of the ridership.
Beaty added 42 percent use the service for what are called pleasure trips, such as shopping, while 8 percent need it to get to and from work and the remaining 4 percent ride the bus for school. The bulk of all trips come from the Conway and Myrtle Beach areas.
Rollins said the goal is to help able-bodied riders transition from the door-to-door service they’re used to over to a fixed route option. The CTP will continue serving those riders with disabilities.
The statistics and other data are part of the presentation at the upcoming public comment meetings. The first is Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Coast RTA headquarters at 1418 Third Ave., in Conway.
The second meeting is April 17 at 5 p.m. at Myrtle Beach City Hall at 937 Broadway St., in Myrtle Beach.
“We have a responsibility to educate the public on what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Rollins said.