Since putting my van in the shop last week, I’m relying on Tel-A-Ride, Charleston’s para transit company.
Para transit systems provide door-to-door service for multiple passengers at once. For me; however, I live just outside of their pick-up zone. So, I have chosen to meet the bus at Bi-lo, which is about a mile from my house.
Once on the bus, it could take 60 to 90 minutes to get to your destination. We’re picking up and dropping off folks along the way.
Yesterday was my first time using the service. I’m proud to say they got me to and from my destinations on time.
Pros and Cons to Para Transit
It’s nice to only pay $3.50 per ride. It’s more affordable for people with low incomes. Door-to-door service is convenient when it’s within their service area.
Some downsides are that you have to schedule rides at least two days in advance. There is a 30-minute window to be picked up. You may have to ride on the bus for up to 90 minutes before getting to your destination.
Overall, I’m grateful to be able to use the service to get me around town.