Coverage vs. ridership: CARTA seeks best route for growth

The No. 10 CARTA bus stops to board passengers at the 600 Market St. stop in front of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Courts Building.
photo The No. 10 CARTA bus stops to board passengers at the 600 Market St. stop in front of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Courts Building.

What is more important to Chattanooga's future: expanding public transportation to more people or improving transportation where it is most used?

That's the question Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority officials are being asked to answer as they formulate a 5-10-year growth plan for the area's bus system.

CARTA is now in the transit concepts phase of its 2-year process to plot a future for the bus system through public input and the guidance of transit design consultants Jarrett Walker and Associates (JWA).

Late last week, CARTA and the consultants held three meetings to introduce rough concepts of how much and in which areas the system potentially could expand in the next few years to the CARTA board, the community and other interested parties.