CARTA buses will accept students IDs for rides if there’s a school bus strike

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will accept student identification in lieu of bus fare for rides on regular CARTA routes, in the event of a school bus drivers’ strike.

The transit agency plans to add vehicles on existing routes if a strike takes place, to handle an anticipated increase in student riders. CARTA Board Chairman Elliott Summey said the school district would later reimburse CARTA for the student rides.

The agency also plans to work with law enforcement agencies and the school district in cases where emergency transportation may be needed. Route maps showing which schools are located on which bus routes are available on CARTA’s website, ridecarta.com.

Regular CARTA routes would run on schedule if there’s a strike, and the agency plans to provide regular updates on its website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

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