Address: 1617 Wilcox Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37406
Service Area: Chattanooga
PUBLIC TRANSIT: The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is the public transit system in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our mission is to provide a cost effective, efficient and safe multimodal transit system for the citizens, visitors and businesses of the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. The CARTA has provided safe, dependable and efficient transportation service to our community for over 40 years! Unlike many other public transit systems, the CARTA is more than just bus service. In addition to providing traditional fixed route public transportation, the CARTA Care-a-van provides specialized transportation for the disabled. The CARTA operates the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world. CARTA initiated the downtown parking system that includes three parking garages with convenient access to our shuttle system, on street metered parking, and parking lots; initiated the Downtown Electric Shuttle system that has one of the largest fleet of electric buses in the United States; and recently took over the city of Chattanooga’s parking operations. Soon, the CARTA in cooperation with the city of Chattanooga’s bicycle program, will manage some 30 bicycle rental stations throughout the urban area. The CARTA carries over three million passengers annually and our funding sources include the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments, state and federal governments, bus fares, revenue from the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, and revenue from the parking operations.
Besides operating one of the country’s largest electric vehicle fleets, the CARTA has been involved in numerous research projects including the testing of tires for minimizing rolling resistance, solar panels on the buses, gas turbines, alternative battery chemistries, inductive charging, hydrogen auxiliary power units, and consulting for national and international governments interested in electric bus technology.
PARATRANSIT: CARTA Care-A-Van service is available to residents and visitors in CARTA’s service area who due to injury, illness or functional incapacity of a temporary or permanent nature, are unable to use CARTA’s fixed route transit vehicles. Care-A-Van service requires an application and physician’s statement to verify eligibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Care-A-Van operates daily with special schedules on holidays. In order to accommodate as many riders as possible, advance notice is requested for scheduling Care-A-Van trips. Reservations are accepted on a next-day basis. However, Care-A-Van makes every effort to accommodate “on-demand” trips.