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Riley wants free downtown shuttle service

Making the DASH rideable, marketable

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Charleston Mayor Joe Riley wants to improve shuttle service downtown — and make it free to users.

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority has weighed cutting a route on the trolley-sized bus schedule, but Riley's pitch is for a cleaner, more marketable bus program.

The proposal was one of several alternative transportation ideas floated by the Peninsula Task Force, a group of downtown community leaders analyzing a variety of needs including transportation, tourism, and preservation. Their suggestion was for better, more frequent routes that are easier for riders to understand, as well as added "contemporary creature comforts" like internet service and bag storage.

The small busses currently charge $1.50. Riley suggests the service instead be paid for through tourism-related taxes.

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