PDRTA opens solar-powered bus station

The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority officially opened a new solar-powered bus shelter at the Darlington Walmart with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Thursday, August 17.

This new aluminum structure is meant to provide store patrons and PDRTA riders with some protection from the elements during inclement weather. The project cost $9,425 and was paid for with funds from the Federal Transit Administration and Walmart Stores, Inc.

On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony were (left to right) PDRTA executive director Chuck MacNeil, PDRTA rider Mamie Hudson, Darlington Mayor Pro Tem Coleman Cannon, Darlington City Council member Elaine Reed, PDRTA rider Doris Hudson, and Darlington city manager Howard Garland.

MacNeil said he was very pleased with how the shelter turned out, and hopes that it will benefit to PDRTA riders and Walmart patrons for years to come.

“The Darlington Walmart store is a popular stop on our Darlington DART bus route, and we are very happy to work with Walmart manager Kevin Lane and Walmart Inc. to provide this new amenity to our mutual customers,” said MacNeil.

Walmart of Darlington is located at 251 Andover Place, and the bus shelter is located on the northern side of the parking lot, to the left of the front entrance.

To learn more about PDRTA, their routes and schedules, and locations of similar shelters, visit them online at www.PDRTA.org, or call Chuck MacNeil at 843-519-0886.

Author: Duane Childers

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