Charleston has been ranked the #1 city in the country and the world for several years in a row. The many restaurants and attractions have helped this coastal community receive the numerous recognitions. We are striving to ensure everyone has equal access getting around town.
Whether you are a tourist or a resident, there are accessible transportation options throughout the city and surrounding areas to help you get to work, to school or to enjoy leisure activities Charleston has to offer. Here are a few resources:
Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Charleston CVB is the official source to know what’s happening in and around Charleston. From Spoleto Festival USA to the South Eastern Wildlife Exposition and the Food and Wine Festival, there are numerous reasons to visit. Check out https://www.charlestoncvb.com for more details.
Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA)
All of CARTA’s buses and trollies are wheelchair accessible. Drivers are trained to secure wheelchairs to ensure safety for passengers. For details, see http://www.ridecarta.com/riding-carta/accessibility.
Tel-A-Ride (Paratransit System)
Operated by CARTA, Tel-A-Ride is a door-to-door transportation system for people with disabilities. Riders must complete an application and have a medical professional approve the need to use the service. Once approved, trips must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. For more info, see http://www.ridecarta.com/riding-carta/accessibility/tel-a-ride.
Mobility Supercenter provides sales, service and rentals of mobility vehicles. The company also has mobility equipment for the home including chair lifts and porch lifts. Visit the website at http://www.mobilitysupercenter.com or contact them by phone at 843-225-6760.
Charleston CAN is committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. We are working to improve all aspects of life including education, employment, housing, transportation and recreation.
The team works closely with city and county officials to find ways to improve accessibility. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator is part of our team to make the city more inclusive.
Our team is developing is a decal program that will describe specific accommodations provided by restaurants and businesses. These decals will be posted on the front windows of businesses and will denote if there is accessible parking, a wheelchair ramp or an elevator available. The information will be added to this website.
Stay tuned for our progress as we work toward making Charleston a more accessible destination.
If you have questions regarding transportation and advocacy, please contact: