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FIRST ON 3: CARTA adds express route to Enterprise South

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Public transportation in Chattanooga is expanding. 

CARTA announced Wednesday it will provide bus service directly to Enterprise South through the help of a state grant.

Both CARTA and city officials say the upgrade will benefit even those who don't work in the industrial park. 


Charlotte Johnson maps our her day of errands as she waits for a bus. She's one of 1.7 million who depended on CARTA last year alone.

“I use CARTA to go to the mall, to go to Wal Mart and to go to my doctor's appointments,” Johnson said.

Johnson would like to see the routes expand. If a route doesn't run to an area where she needs to go, she has to rely on friends and family for a ride.

“I have to find somebody, ask someone for a ride and that's not easy all the time because a lot of people I know are working,” she said.

Leaders at the transportation service are hoping to meet the needs of customers like Johnson.

Executive Director Lisa Maragnano announced Wednesday an express route directly to Enterprise South. It will start May 4th at the 4th and Market Street stop. It will run twice every morning and once in the evening.

Maragnano says CARTA was able to accommodate the schedules of 12 of the 13 businesses in Enterprise South.

A state grant will pay for the pilot program for three years. The city has also set aside $300,000 in the 2015 budget for the program.

Johnson says she's happy to hear of the expansion and says future plans have a green light in her book.

Leaders at CARTA tell Channel 3 more routes will be added in August.

We wanted to know if the additional routes mean an increase in fares. CARTA officials say there is no plan to go up in price for now, thanks to grant funding.

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