Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority

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Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority
Founded 1973; 44 years ago (1973) by
Headquarters Chattanooga, Tennessee
Service area City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County and surrounding areas
Service type
Alliance Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
Routes 16
Depots 1
Fleet 105
Annual ridership apprx. 3 million
Fuel type Electric
Natural Gas
Diesel
Executive Director Lisa Maragnano
Website www.carta-bus.org

The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is the mass transit provider for Chattanooga, Tennessee and its vicinity.

Public transportation first appeared on the streets of Chattanooga in 1875, utilizing horse-drawn trollies. The two main routes followed Market Street and Ninth Avenue (now Martin Luther King Boulevard). In 1889, the trollies were replaced with electric streetcars. With the advent of the internal combustion engine, buses began to appear more frequently. In 1941, Southern Coach Lines took over the public transit operations, and the last streetcar ran in 1946.

City control[edit]

In 1973, the City of Chattanooga purchased the assets of the former Southern Coach Lines, and formed the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority. CARTA now operates 16 bus routes, trimmed down from 30, as some routes have been consolidated or eliminated.

In addition, CARTA also operates a free downtown shuttle bus service, utilizing electric buses, which runs between the Chattanooga Choo-Choo (the former Terminal Station Hotel) at 14th and Market Streets and the Bijou Theatre on Broad and 3rd Streets. Public parking is available at both locations. CARTA owns and operates the historic Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, which ascends from the St. Elmo neighborhood to the town of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. CARTA also provides paratransit van services, called Care-A-Van.

List of routes[edit]

As of August 16, 2015[1]

1. Alton Park
Chattanooga Choo-Choo, The Villages at Alton Park, Piney Woods, Wheeler Homes, Alton Park Health Center, Alton Park Recreation Center, Howard School of Academics & Technology, Eckerd, Bi-Lo
2. North Chattanooga
North Market Street, North Shore Market, Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park, Spears Avenue, Cherokee Boulevard, CADAS, Johnson Mental Health Center, North Chattanooga Recreation Center
3. Enterprise South
Hamilton County Board of Education, Amazon Fulfillment Center, Volkswagen Group of America
3E/ER. Enterprise South/Eastgate & East Ridge
Eastgate Town Center, Camp Jordan Arena, Hamilton County Board of Education, Amazon Fulfillment Center, Volkswagen Group of America
3N. Enterprise South/Northgate
Northgate Mall, Stockdale's, Hamilton County Board of Education, Amazon Fulfillment Center, Volkswagen Group of America
3O. Enterprise South/Ooltewah
Walmart (Ooltewah), Bi-Lo (Ooltewah), Hamilton County Board of Education, Amazon Fulfillment Center, Volkswagen Group of America
4. Eastgate/Hamilton Place
UT-Chattanooga, UTC Place, Client Services Building/Human Services, Tennessee Temple University, Brainerd Road, Eastgate Mall, Hamilton Place Mall, Walmart, Lee Highway, Parkridge Hospital, Warner Park
5. North Brainerd "Dial-a-Ride" Route
Eastgate Town Center, Brainerd High School, North Brainerd Community, Eastwood Manor, Dalewood Middle School, Woodmoore School, Foxwood Plaza, Wilson Air Center
6. East Brainerd "Dial-a-Ride" Route
Hamilton Place Mall, East Brainerd Road, Gunbarrel Road, Gunbarrel Pointe, Memorial Atrium, Erlanger East, McCutcheon Road, Chattanooga State East Campus, Health Center at Standifer Place, Rainbow Creek Apartments, U.S. Express, Social Security Office
7. Chattanooga Housing Authority
UTC, Erlanger, Fortwood Center, CARTA, Engel Stadium, Warner Park, Alexian Brothers, Chattanooga Housing Authority located on Holtzclaw Avenue at Citico
8. Eastdale (Weekdays/Saturdays)
Battery Heights, Tunnel Boulevard, Signal Centers, Greenwood Road, Foxwood Plaza
9. East Lake
Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Main Street, Dodds Avenue, Goodwill Industries, East Side Community Center, East Lake Courts, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts
10A. East Chattanooga-Avondale
UT-Chattanooga, Avondale, Dodson Avenue Health Center, Erlanger Medical Center, Hamilton County Health Department, Hardy Elementary School, Warner Park
10C. East Chattanooga-Campbell St.
UT-Chattanooga, Glenwood, Erlanger Medical Center, Hamilton County Health Department, Memorial Hospital, Parkwood Nursing Home, Campbell Street, Highway 58, Warner Park
10G. East Chattanooga-Glenwood
UT-Chattanooga, Glenwood, Erlanger Medical Center, Hamilton County Health Department, Memorial Hospital, Parkwood Nursing Home, Parkridge Medical Center, Warner Park
13. Rossville
East Lake Courts, 23rd Street, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Senior Neighbors, Whiteside Faith Manor
14. "Mocs Express" (free shuttle for UT-Chattanooga students, faculty and staff.)
UTC Campus, UTC Place, Engel Stadium, Downtown Chattanooga
15. St. Elmo
St. Elmo Ave and Broad Street
16. Northgate
Northgate Mall, Hixson Pike, Riverview, Highland Plaza, Lowe's, Kmart, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Stockdale's
19. Cromwell Road
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, UT-Chattanooga, Erlanger Medical Center, Eastwood Manor, Cromwell Hills, Waterford Place, Main Postal Facility, Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Wrigley, CARTA, Shepherd Road, Shallowford Road, Airport Road, Greyhound Bus Station, Chattanooga Housing Authority
21. Golden Gateway
Boynton Terrace, College Hill Courts, Chattanooga Convention Center, Jaycee Towers Apartments, Overlook Apartments, Finley Stadium
28. Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Police Services Center

Fares[edit]

As of 17 November 2015, fares rates for their respectable services are:[2]

Bus -

  • Adult: $1.50
  • Child (under 6): FREE with paying passenger, limit 3.
  • Senior Citizens (Ages 65+): $0.75 (CARTA Special Fare I.D. Card Required+)
  • Persons with Disability: $0.75 (CARTA Special Fare I.D. Card Required+)
  • Students: $0.75 (CARTA Student Bye Pass Card Required for students in Grades 6-12)

+Medicare card is accepted as proof of eligibility for the CARTA Special Fare ID Card.

CARTA Care-A-Van -

  • One way: $2.50
  • Round Trip: $5

Specials -

  • 24 Hour Unlimited Ride Pass: $4
  • 31 Day Unlimited Ride Pass: $50

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Routes". CARTA. Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fares". CARTA. Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved 17 November 2015.