Mayor, CARTA Director Both Favor Setting Up A Multimodal Transportation Center

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
- photo by Hollie Webb

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and CARTA Executive Director Lisa Maragnano both expressed their support for the creation of a multimodal transportation center at a public hearing at the Chattanooga Public Library on Wednesday morning. The project currently has a two-year projected timeline.

Philip Pugliese of the Regional Planning Agency said, "It's really about people. It's about people moving from place to place.

..We have a lot of people now in Chattanooga that are coming from a different experience with public transportation. They have different expectations. And at some level, there is an expectation that we will provide service to different areas of the city." He said he wanted public transportation to be accessible to people of all backgrounds. 

He continued, "It's about putting all of those pieces together. And it's really about freedom of choice."

That freedom of choice is what Mayor Berke wants to provide through his Complete Streets policy. This policy would work to develop streets with more pedestrian and bicycle access. Mr. Pugliese said in a press release, "As the city considers adopting a Complete Streets policy to prioritize the needs of all road users, freedom of choice in transportation becomes increasingly important. Connecting walking, bicycling, ADA accessibility, transit and motor vehicle travel is the basis for complete streets planning." 

CARTA has also worked toward this goal, adding bicycle racks to their buses and making their transportation more accessible to those with disabilities.

Over the upcoming months, the Multimodal Transportation Center Study, supported by federal funds through CARTA, will look at possible locations for transportation center facilities. The MTCS will study the current CARTA bus routes and develop ways to make public transportation in Chattanooga more efficient. It will also look for ways to expand public transportation to the areas surrounding the city, starting with Red Bank and East Ridge.

All of these efforts are part of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, which the Regional Planning Agency describes as a "federally mandated plan to establish regional transportation priorities and performance framework for a 20 plus year horizon." 

Some of the priorities in the plan include providing more transportation from low-income areas to job opportunities and providing seniors with more transportation to medical care.


- Photo2 by Hollie Webb

Jermichael Walton Indicted On Solicitation Of Minor Charge

A 23-year-old Chattanooga man has been indicted on two sex charges involving a minor. Jermichael Dawaun Walton, of 3200 Curtis St., was indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor. The indictment says he solicited "conduct that if completed would constitute by the soliciting adult the offense of statutory rape." The case was ... (click for more)

South Pittsburg Man Whose Body Was Found At Cascades Motel In East Ridge Was Homicide Victim

East Ridge Police said it has been ruled that the man whose body was found at the Cascades Motel was a homicide victim. The Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled in the death of Gino L. Pickett, 51, of South Pittsburg. During the initial investigation on Oct. 16 at the motel at 3657 Ringgold Road, the victim was found with several injuries that were suspicious in ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)

CCS Wins, Notre Dame Falls in A-AA State Soccer Tourney

MURFREESBORO -- Chattanooga Christian sophomore Addie Henry celebrated her 16th birthday in style here Wednesday night with a goal and an assist to help CCS defeat Madison Academic Magnet (Jackson, Tenn. – 16-5-3), 3-0, in a A-AA state quarterfinal match played at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Teammates Kyra Duble and Olivia Hoffman also scored goals, while Taylor Price ... (click for more)

DeBord Happy To Have Kelly, Hurd In Vols' Backfield

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Larry Scott spoke reporters at Wednesday's press conference in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. No. 18 Tennessee (5-2, 2-2 SEC) takes on South Carolina (3-4, 1-4 SEC) on Saturday at Williams-Brice ... (click for more)