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Posted on: January 20, 2015

New Bus Shelters at Towne Centre Increase Transit Connectivity

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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (January 21, 2015) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, a longtime advocate of public transit, Mount Pleasant Town Council and CARTA officials today joined Towne Centre representatives and community transit advocates for the ribbon cutting of two bus shelters at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, an award-winning shopping destination. The Town of Mount Pleasant sits on the CARTA Board along with other local municipalities governing the regional transportation authority.

“This is a great day for transit in Mount Pleasant,” said Mayor Linda Page. “I would like to thank the Towne Centre principals, architects, CARTA and our community transit advocates for joining efforts in this great venture. These wonderful structures will provide welcome shelter for residents and visitors using transit as an efficient, green and viable means of transportation.”

The bus shelters are part of a development agreement between Miller Capital Advisory, Inc. and the Town of Mount Pleasant to promote the integration of alternative means of transportation highlighted in the Mount Pleasant Comprehensive Plan. The bus shelters are located next to the roundabout leading to Lowe’s and on Hungryneck Boulevard.

"We wish safe travel and compliment the green initiative of commuters who use the bus shelters moving forward," said Andrew Wilson, development director of Miller Capital Advisory, Inc., a real estate investment management company, which manages the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

“Mayor Page and the Town of Mount Pleasant are tremendous partners and advocates for public transportation,” said CARTA Interim Executive Director Jeff Burns. “The forward-thinking approach the Town takes in tying new development to public transit is a great template that makes our system more user-friendly and convenient for residents and visitors. We also applaud Towne Centre for their efforts in constructing such attractive stops.”

“Large and comfortable shelters like those at Towne Centre don't just keep rain and sun off Mount Pleasant's hard working transit riders as they return home at the end of their work day or shopping trip. They encourage people to ride transit, helping make our roads more efficient for everyone. They are tiny gathering places on our shared journey where the business of getting and spending is relieved by friendly moments of meeting and learning. They are small shrines to the shared confidence that we care about the comfort and safety of each other,” said William Hamilton, leader of the Hungryneck Straphangers, a community transit advocacy group.

“Charles Muldrow was the design principal for the original shelters,” said Sam Herin, principal with Stubbs Muldrow and Herin Architects. “His original shelter design won a Merit Award from AIA South Carolina in 1996. The newer shelters we created are similar in design and simpler. Good design doesn’t have to go out of style!”

For more information about the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, visit them online at www.mtpleasanttownecentre.com. To reach CARTA, visit them at www.ridecarta.com and to view the Town of Mount Pleasant Comprehensive Plan, click on www.tompsc.com.

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