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Public Transportation

The Lowcountry Regional Transit Authority (LRTA), known as the Palmetto Breeze, is the primary public transportation provider for the four-county Lowcountry region (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties) and Allendale County. The Palmetto Breeze services include:

  • 24 fixed route commuter lines (12 urban and 12 rural)
  • Demand and response services in Beaufort County
  • Coordinated trips which serve specific destinations such as regional healthcare providers.
For more details on Palmetto Breeze routes and schedules, click here.

Most of Palmetto Breeze’s service is centered in Beaufort County, the most densely populated county, and the location of major tourism and employment facilities, as well as medical, institutional, educational and government services. Palmetto Breeze ridership significantly increased from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to 2017 and was steady from FY 2017 to 2019.  The ridership dropped in FY 2020 because the COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse impact on the routes and ridership. Several routes were cancelled. Palmetto Breeze ridership counts should continue to be assessed and monitored to ensure that demand is being optimally met.

Data Notes
Data Source Palmetto Breeze Transit
Last Updated May 2024