Coast RTA is proposing a route change on one of its more popular routes — Conway to Myrtle Beach — in an effort to trim often traffic-clogged commute along U.S. 501.
Officials with Coast plan to hear comments from the public at its third and final public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday in its board room at the Conway complex, 1418 Third Avenue, Conway.
The route, which already saw a slight shift beginning June 15, rerouting the bus that went down Postal Way to Carolina Forest Boulevard. The new route will continue on Postal Way to Oakheart Road and then west to Glenforest Road, which runs parallel with U.S. 501. The route then weaves through Tanger Outlet before letting out onto U.S. 501 at Waccamaw Pines Drive.
Brian Piascik, general manager of Coast, said instead of 80 percent of the route being on U.S. 501, now 20 percent of it will be on the main transportation artery to and from the beach.
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“It’s just a huge difference,” Piascik said. “Our on-time performance has really improved, and I like it because of the safety aspect. We’re not picking people off of [U.S.] 501.”
Al D’Andrea, street supervisor for Coast, said transportation times could be cut by as much as 12 minutes.
“I don’t see any reason it’s not going to improve the timing of the routes... probably somewhere between 8 to 12 minutes,” D’Andrea said. “It’s significant because of the lights. The light at Carolina Forest and 501, the light at [Tanger Outlet] and 501, the light at Waccammaw Pines and 501. It’s safer. There are people who get on the bus out there at 501, and now they’ll be able to go back on Glenforest.”
If You Go
What | Public meeting regarding Coast RTA Route 7 (Conway-Myrtle Beach)
When | 5 p.m. Thusday
Where | Coast RTA board room, 1418 Third Avenue, Conway
Route 7 changes
Proposed stops for Route 7 beginning Sept. 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., every hour on the hour.
Coast RTA Terminal/Conway
Church Street Ramp @ New Road/Conway
Hwy 501 @ Causey Rd/Conway
Hwy 501 @ Amber Ln/Conway
Hwy 544 & Holt Road/Conway
Hwy 544 between Founders Dr/Center Ln
University Blvd between Brooks Stadium &
University Blvd between Chanticleer Dr W & Chanticleer Dr E/CCU
Technology Blvd near AVX/HGTC
Technology Blvd & Victory Lane
Technology Blvd & Singleton Ridge Rd (Jiffy Lube)
Cypress Circle (Conway Hospital ER Entrance)
Singleton Ridge Rd @ Cornerstone Apts
Hwy 544 @ Gale Ave (Bojangle’s)
Myrtle Ridge Drive (select neighborhood stops)
Myrtle Ridge Drive @ CVS/Wal-Mart Entrance
Gardner Lacy /Myrtle Beach
Postal Way/Myrtle Beach
Glenforest Rd (behind KFC/Dairy Queen)
Sleep Inn & Suites/Myrtle Beach
Tanger Outlets Stop 1/Myrtle Beach
Tanger Outlets Stop 2/Myrtle Beach
Fantasy Harbour Blvd @ Forestbrook Rd/Myrtle Beach
Fantasy Harbour Blvd @ Burcale Rd/Myrtle Beach
Fantasy Harbour Blvd @ April Gray/Bush Drive/Myrtle Beach
George Bishop across from Sunhouse Gas Station/Myrtle Beach
Hwy 501 @ Detrick’s (Servicing Seaboard)/Myrtle Beach
Hwy 501 @ Cannon Rd/Myrtle Beach
Hwy 501 @ Dollar General/Myrtle Beach
Hwy 501 @ 3rd Ave N/Myrtle Beach
Broadway @ 9th Ave N/Myrtle Beach
Ivory Wilson Transfer Station/Myrtle Beach
Greyhound Station @ 7th Ave N/Myrtle Beach
River Oaks@ Waccamaw Blvd/Myrtle Beach
Dick Scobee/Myrtle Beach
4 th Avenue/Conway
Corner of 3rd & Lewis Street/Conway