A $320,000 study may lead to the construction of an intermodal transit center for Chattanooga, members of the CARTA board were told Thursday.
Phil Pugliese said a number of other cities have built similar facilities that would be a central access point for a variety of transportation outlets.
He said the local center could include space for CARTA transit and shuttle buses as well as bicycles, taxis and perhaps trains. It might include bus lines such as the Megabus that now drops off and picks up passengers at the Eastgate parking lot. Retail may also be a part of it.
Officials said the center would "provide personal transportation choices, enhance the image and effectiveness of public transportation and serve as a catalyst for economic development."
A 16-member steering committee is meeting monthly to provide input on development of the center.
There will also be a process for public input.
The study will decide whether there should be a single center or a series of smaller sites. It will work on design and location.
Mr. Pugliese noted that public transportation is getting an increasing focus as well as share of transportation funding.
Support for the project comes from a federal grant and the Benwood Foundation.