CARTA will hold the first of three public hearings today to get feedback on proposed changes in service and fare structure.

The changes are part of a package of recommendations to make up for a roughly $1.4 million cut in annual half-cent sales tax funds to the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority.

Among the potential changes are a combination of fare increases from $1.50 to $1.75, a 16 percent increase in the price of passes, and the elimination of Route 106, the CARTA@Night service and all or part of the transportation authority's Sunday services.

The Express fare would increase from $2.50 to $3, and transfers would go up by a nickel to 30 cents.

Route 106 includes stops at Northwoods Mall, Super Kmart and Trident One Stop Career Center.

If approved, the changes would take effect in October.

The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the auditorium of the Charleston County Main Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Other hearings will be at the same time Monday at North Charleston City Hall and Tuesday at the Lonnie Hamilton III Public Service Building at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston.

CARTA also is offering other methods to speak out about the proposed recommendations. Visit to fill out a public survey or e-mail CARTA at