CARTA wants the community to help decide what the future of public transit should like in Chattanooga by responding to four concepts of what a new bus network could look like. Two concepts show how the Chattanooga bus network could be run differently within its existing budget. Two new concepts show how additional funding could improve service, expanding where transit goes and improving the usefulness of service.
The four concepts and the public response to them is part of the second phase of the CARTA Redesign: Planning for the Future planning process. This is a year-long planning study led by CARTA in partnership with the city of Chattanooga, the Regional Planning Agency, and many community partners, to analyze the current CARTA fixed-route bus network and recommend changes to the system.
Over the next two months, CARTA invites the public to learn more about these four concepts by reading the report, coming to a public meeting, visiting with CARTA staff at major bus stops, and taking the public survey (available at www.gocarta.org). CARTA will be engaging the public in multiple ways from June 1 through July 31 to get responses from riders and the general public.
CARTA will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library, Main Auditorium, to further discuss these concepts.
CARTA will also be meeting bus riders and the public at various events around the city to ask about these concepts with a paper version of this survey. For up to date information on when and where staff will be, see www.gocarta.org.
CARTA and its partners will engage the community in future phases of the study in the fall with new questions and new information about what transit options are possible.
To stay involved in the CARTA Redesign study, follow updates at www.gocarta.org, like on facebook.com/GOCARTA, and follow on Twitter @GoCARTA.