Chattanooga State ending free CARTA rides, students pick up tab
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Students at Chattanooga State Community College want to make sure their classmates have a ride when the semester starts.
Due to budget cuts, a program that allowed Chattanooga State students to ride CARTA busses for free was scheduled to end on July first.
But the Student Government Association has agreed to pick up the tab until October.
"The Student Government feels it is important to take these three months to make sure all students who use the service are informed," says Jamie Goebel, Communications Director of the SGA. "We are in our summer semester, so many students are not here."
Dr. Elaine Swafford, Vice President of Student Affairs tells Eyewitness News that the program was a goodwill gesture from the college, with the money for the program coming from the school's operational budget, not added student fees.
The Student Government Association will spend $9,000 to continue the ridership program until October first.
"The SGA needs to be applauded for looking out for their fellow students," Dr. Swafford added.
The program has been in place for more than three years and cost the college approximately $35,000 per year.