To provide safe, reliable, affordable and courteous mass public
transportation that enhances the quality of life for residents and
supports the growth of tourism.
In July 1983 the vision of three
men, Ivory Wilson, Clarence Watkins, and J. R. Taylor, came to
fruition with bus service for the area being provided by Coastal
Rapid Public Transit Authority (CRPTA).
The dream actually began on July 4, 1980 when Wilson, Watkins and
Taylor began planning to provide Horry and Georgetown counties
transportation for those in need to places of employment, shopping
and medical offices.
The company began with six GM buses on lease from the
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. In that first year
the new transit company enjoyed an average of 332 boarding's each
day. The following year that number grew to 729.
For sixteen years the company operated as a private, non-profit
organization governed by a three member board, Wilson, Taylor, and
George Richardson. In 1999 CRPTA became the public, non-profit
Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority guided by a nine member
board of directors. The RTA has done
business as Lymo (During some very challenging times.) and now,
Coast RTA is operated with a dedicated staff that
is quite proud of their accomplishments and contributions to the
community. The company operates 50 vehicles ranging from
18-passenger to 40-passenger buses and presently services fifteen
fixed routes, including Coastal Carolina University, with a demand
service component. In addition the company provides Paratransit
services and limited contract services.
Coast RTA is fortunate to receive significant local funding
These local funds are used to match both Federal Transit
South Carolina Deparment of Transportation/Mass Transit
The future is bright for Coast RTA. Significant steps are taking
place to better communicate the company's services through better
signage and literature. New bus shelters will soon be placed at
significant locations adding to the passengers comfort. As bus
acquisition continues, new routes designed for where people want to
go will be introduced. An Automatic Vehicle Location system (AVL)
is being investigated and an Inter-Agency Transfer Hub is rapidly
climbing to the top of Coast RTA's needs list.
With anticipated funding increases and major growth in
ridership, Coast RTA is on the verge of truly meeting its Mission
Statement. The next twenty five years promise to be exciting and