Ways to get around Chattanooga, TN that don’t involve a car

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DYK that CARTA offers free electric shuttle services in the downtown, Northshore, and St. Elmo areas? | Photo via NOOGAtoday

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Wondering how to go more green, or just want to explore different ways of getting around? Today, we’re breaking down ways to get around town that don’t involve a car.


  • Fixed routes | Fixed routes have stops in various locations, including Alton Park, Rossville, Northgate + Hamilton Place. 1-way fares cost $1.50 for adults, and ride passes are also available for purchase.
  • Free electric shuttles | The downtown shuttle runs daily from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the TN Aquarium with stops at every block in between, the Northshore shuttle runs Monday-Saturday from Shuttle Park North (next to Mellow Mushroom) to Northshore stops, and the St. Elmo shuttle runs daily from the Chattanooga Choo Choo through St. Elmo.
  • CARTA Care-A-Van | Care-A-Van is available to those who are unable to use fixed route transit due to injury, illness, or functional incapacity + requires a pre-ride application.

Bonus: CARTA also offers a free Mocs Express shuttle that takes students around campus.

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CARTA’s route map + instructions on how to read maps and schedules | Photo via gocarta.org

🚲 Bike Chattanooga

Bike Chattanooga offers 400 rentable bikes (55 being e-bikes) across 42 stations, from St. Elmo to the Hubert Fry Center.

  • Unlock a bike at a station or via the app
  • Take the bike on a 60 minute trip — after payment, you have access to unlimited 60 minute trips, but you must dock the bike once the 60 minutes is up before taking out another
  • Daily passes are $8 + yearly passes are $50

Bonus: Get a full rundown on how to use Bike Chattanooga here.

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Map of Bike Chattanooga’s 42 bike stations across the city | Photo via bikechattanooga.com

🛴 Chattascooter

Chattanooga has a complicated history with electric scooters, but Chattascooter worked around the ban on dockless scooters. You can pick up + return scooters for $24 per hour (plus tax) at:

  • Adventure Sports Innovation, 191 River St.
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 434 Chestnut St.
  • Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad St.

🚉 Bonuses

  • Chattanooga may revisit the idea of a river taxi as part of the ONE Riverfront plan
  • Another aspect of the ONE Riverfront plan aims to make downtown + the riverfront more accessible to walkers and bikers
  • Amtrak announced plans for potential new routes connecting Chattanooga to Nashville + Atlanta
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