CARTA Transit Ridership Down 2.3% For The Year

Friday, July 19, 2013

CARTA transit ridership is down 2.3 percent for the fiscal year just ended, board members were told Thursday.

Lisa Maragnano said other transit systems are having a similar problem - with the numbers down by 1.9 percent across the country.

She said the figures this year of 1,800,870 are stacked against last year's highest totals in CARTA's history - 1,866,567.

Ms. Maragnano said CARTA has only topped 1,800,000 four times in the past 10 years.

Still, the CARTA board plans a summit to examine its routes and other aspects of its bus system. It is being put off until September until the staff gathers more information.

Ms. Maragnano said Jenny Parks of the Regional Planning Agency and Phil Pugliese, city bicycle coordinator, are doing some work with CARTA. Ms. Parks is involved with the green trips program. Mr. Pugliese is losing some of his salary since a federal grant for the local bicycle program ran out. Ms. Maragnano said an application has been made to the Benwood Foundation for funds to cover his work for CARTA.

Mr. Pugliese said it will be August before he will know how the rental bicycle program is working out financially - minus the federal grant.

Meanwhile, Heath Holloway, a former CARTA intern who is now on the staff, is working out a web-based program to help CARTA riders. He said the program works off of Google maps.

When the program is ready, a rider will be able to take a visual tour of a particular route.

He said it will have other applications, such as helping a person who has just arrived on the Megabus at Eastgate find the closest bus for use in getting downtown and learn when it will be arriving next. 

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAILEY, BLAKE AARON  206 TUNNELL BLVD CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VEHICULAR ASSAULT --- BARROW, JALAYCIAN  2709 CITICO AVENUE APT W1 CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT ... (click for more)

State Attorney General Says City Council Cannot Make Taxis Not Registered In Hamilton County Go Through Emissions Testing

The state attorney general's office has ruled that the City Council cannot require that taxis not registered in Hamilton County go through emissions testing. The city is dealing with the new Uber taxi service that has an out-of-town owner. Locally-owned cabs have to go through the annual emissions testing. The opinion says that local taxi owners cannot get around the emissions ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference - And Response (2)

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: FBI To Study ‘Lickers’

About 25 years ago there was a terrifying movie called “The Silence of the Lambs.” It was so good it won the Academy Awards in all five categories – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. Further, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster were brilliant, but do you remember the third “star?” Scott Glenn played a character named “Jack Crawford,” the ... (click for more)

Underedog Sequatchie Shocks Ooltewah In Red Bank Softball

Please don't be mislead by the win-loss record of the Sequatchie County Lady Indians. Those young ladies who call Dunlap home improved to 12-14 overall on Sunday night as they rallied four times before scoring the winning run in the fifth as they beat the Ooltewah Lady Owls by a 7-6 final for the title in the Red Bank Invitational. Ooltewah had won three straight games going ... (click for more)

#17 Chattanooga State Softball To Host Region Tournament Starting Wednesday

Chattanooga State softball took four wins over Columbia State over the weekend to move to tops in the TCCAA softball standings. #17 Chattanooga State will host the NJCAA Region VII/TCCAA Tournament beginning Wednesday. Chattanooga State improved to 45-11, 32-4, while Columbia State drops to 34-13, 25-7. Walters State (click for more)