Chattanooga Pushes Multimodal to Solve Its Transportation Problems

The most progressive transit systems are moving well beyond buses and trains, taking on projects supporting car-sharing and electric-vehicle infrastructure.  

The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is constructing an 80-kilowatt solar farm, the installation of 64 electric-vehicle charging ports spread across 22 sites and a car-sharing program powered by battery-electric Nissan LEAFs.  

“CARTA has been very proactive in working to develop multimodal transportation solutions,” said Philip Pugliese, transportation system planner for CARTA. “This project was originally presented as an electric-vehicle public car-share solution. CARTA believed that such a program could extend the reach of our traditional bus network and promote transportation choice.”  

The project has been singled out by Smart Cities Connect for a Smart 50 Award in the Mobility category. The awards are granted by Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite.

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