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Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority provides public transportation in the 3 county Pee Dee region of South Carolina. The 3 counties are Darlington, Florence and Marion.

The Florence office houses the Authority's administrative offices and a maintenance facility.

Florence, Darlington and Marion Counties
313 South Stadium Road
Florence, SC  29506
Phone:    843 665 2227  or  1 800 922 8989
TTY:       843 662 3309
Fax:         843 667 5087

Services are divided into types:

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Fixed Route Service

Fixed route service is what most people think of when they envision transit: a bus that travels along the same route at regular times each day and has regular bus stops along the route. PDRTA operates fixed route bus service in the greater city of Florence area via the Florence Transit System. Whether a person's destination is work, a medical appointment, a hospital visit, education, shopping, or recreation, the Florence Transit System is an economical means to access the many amenities of the city. Click here to learn more about Fixed Route Service with PDRTA.

PDRTA also offers commuter service into Florence from Marion (Via FMU Rt. 7 Aug-May) and Darlington (Darlington Florence Commuter). These commuter services give people in other communities the opportunity to get to work and school in Florence. These buses connect with the Florence Transit system, making over 100 destinations easily accessible, year-round, 5 days per week.

PDRTA bus leaves Marion each day to transport many workers to the Grand Strand. This is deviated fixed route service, which means that PDRTA adapts its routes to accommodate the large number of workers on these buses by dropping them off and picking them up at or close to an ever-changing variety of workplaces.

In Lake City, daily commuter transportation to Myrtle Beach continues to be a huge success as well as the LakeTran bus that runs a deviated fixed route throughout the City of Lake City.

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ADA Complementary Paratransit Service

ADA Complementary Paratransit Service is a transportation service designed for individuals with disabilities as defined by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) that provides transportation for individuals who cannot otherwise access the fixed route bus service and live in the city of Florence within 3/4 of a mile of the fixed route.  This service is limited to individuals with disabilities who

  • are unable to board, ride, or disembark from an accessible vehicle without the assistance of another person (except for the bus driver and lift)
  • could ride an accessible vehicle but the route is not accessible
  • have a specific impairment-related condition that prevents them from traveling to or from a boarding or disembarking location

ADA Complementary Paratransit Service is an origin-to-destination service, and reservations are necessary.  

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Van Pools

Still largely underutilized, PDRTA offers a limited number of vehicles for van pools.  Similar to traditional car pools whereby one person with a car takes co-workers to and from work each day, van pools take workers to and from the same or nearby work destinations.  Under the van pool program, PDRTA provides the group with a vehicle, insurance, fuel, and maintenance. The group has a designated driver who takes participants to and from work. Drivers ride free, and the riders pay a monthly fee to participate. Van pools are an economical and green alternative for work transportation.

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Tax Incentives for Transit Users and Businesses

Under Internal Revenue Service rules, individuals who use transit to get to and from work are entitled to designate their transit costs, currently up to $205 per month, as pre-tax dollars. Businesses that subsidize employee transit costs do not have to pay payroll taxes on transit subsidies. Tax incentives are an excellent employee benefit, and businesses benefit from improved employee morale and reliable employee transportation, lower taxes, and a reduced need for parking space.

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Charter Service

PDRTA complies with the US Code of Federal Regulations with regard to charter service. In general, 49CFR Part 604 prohibits recipients of federal funds through the Federal Transit Administration from providing charter service.  Part 604.2(e) contains exceptions under which charter services can be performed by PDRTA.  Persons who believe their request may be allowed under the exceptions may call the Florence PDRTA office for information.  To read the regulations, please download the Charter Service Final Rule.  A list of private charter companies can be found through the Motorcoach Association of South Carolina.

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Coordination of Transportation

PDRTA complies with Executive Order 13330 with regard to coordinated transportation for human service and other governmental agencies. The federal government realizes that while transportation is a component of human service agency services, coordination of transportation across agency lines and populations is less costly, less wasteful of taxpayer dollars, and conserves our natural resources. To that end, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13330 in February, 2004. To read the document, please download it here. PDRTA remains a strong proponent of coordination, meeting with and urging state and local officials and agencies to stretch budgets and resources by using PDRTA's services.

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