CARTA to enforce downtown parking
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Big changes are coming to downtown parking that could amount to an increase in tickets.
The city council voted Tuesday night to roll parking enforcement duties over to CARTA.
CARTA, which already handles collection and maintenance of the meters, plans to take what it calls an "ambassador approach", offering maps to tourists, change for meters, and a ticket for those who don't pay up.
It also plans to cover more ground.
CARTA would begin enforcement in October.
Current police service technicians will not lose their jobs, but will cover other duties, like accident reports.
CARTA plans to increase its force, but officials say it's too soon to tell how many jobs will be up for grabs.