Chattanooga Transportation

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Getting Around the Scenic City

A true geographic bullseye of the Southeast, Chattanooga has served as a major transportation hub since the mid-1800s. Whether you prefer to travel by rail, river, road, or runway, getting to and from the Scenic City has never been easier.

In 1850, the city of Chattanooga was forever changed with the arrival of its first rail line: the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Eight years later, the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad arrived in Chattanooga, cementing the city’s status as a transit hub. Since that time, rail transportation has continued to play a significant role in the local economy. Freight is carried in and out of the city daily on trains owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern, among others.

One of Chattanooga’s oldest transportation systems is the waterways of the Tennessee River; the river carries barges filled with goods up to the Missouri and Ohio Rivers and down south to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to reach the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), 28,000 barges carry 45 to 50 million tons of goods up and down the Tennessee River annually. Shipping by barge – as opposed to truck or rail – can save consumers as much as $500 million annually.

Chattanooga is situated at the convergence of three interstates: I-75, I-59, and I-24. Due to its convenient location, two of the nation’s largest trucking companies – U.S. Xpress and Covenant Logistics – have chosen Chattanooga, also referred to as “the Silicon Valley of trucking,” as their home base. Similarly, a cluster of third-party logistics providers, from established names like Kenco Logistics and UPS-owned Coyote Logistics to fast-growing firms like Steam Logistics and LYNC Logistics, operates out of the Scenic City.

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) offers nonstop flights to 10 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Orlando, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. In July 2021, the airport completed construction on a new four-level parking garage, and as boardings continue to trend upward, a terminal expansion is slated for 2022. The $28 million project will include a new concourse, an additional security lane for boarding passengers, a new restaurant, and more.

Committed to providing safe, dependable public transportation for more than 40 years, the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) operates 17 fixed bus routes around the city. CARTA also manages the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway and curbside Care-a-Van services for the disabled. Known for having one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the country, CARTA has consulted with national and international governments interested in electric bus technology.

For a cost-effective and sustainable way to navigate the city, Bike Chattanooga offers 400 rental bikes at 42 stations located throughout Chattanooga. After seeing a record number of trips in 2020, the transit system is working to make the bikes even more accessible with additional bikes and stations in the coming year.

Also contributing to sustainable transportation are electric vehicles, which are on the rise in the Scenic City. To keep up with the high demand, the city has installed more than 100 public charging stations within a nine-mile radius of Chattanooga. Additional green initiatives, such as GreenTrips – which encourages citizens to consider more sustainable methods of transportation – are helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

 

Did You Know?

According to a year-long study conducted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport adds approximately
$910 million to the state’s economy.

For decades, interstate highways have paved the way for Chattanooga’s economic success. Interstates 24, 59, and 75 connect travelers to major cities throughout the Southeast, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville, and Nashville. 

Taking advantage of Chattanooga’s strategic location are several trucking companies, including two of the nation’s largest: U.S. Xpress and Covenant Logistics. Both provide long-distance trucking, distributing raw materials and finished goods to other markets and manufacturers.

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) continues to see unparalleled growth while receiving recognition for its commitment to sustainability. The airport offers a number of nonstop flights through major airlines Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, and United. Boasting convenient parking options, LEED-certified facilities, and terminal amenities such as dining and Wi-Fi, CHA has all of the services – and none of the stress – of a much larger airport. 

Adjacent to the Chattanooga Airport, fixed base operator Wilson Air Center offers private air service for business and leisure travel. For the second year in a row, Wilson Air was named the best fixed base operator in the country by Professional Pilot magazine in 2021.

Carrying over 3 million passengers annually, the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is the public transit system for Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. CARTA manages the downtown electric shuttle, downtown parking, and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, and it runs a Care-a-Van service for the disabled. CARTA also has 17 fixed bus routes serving Chattanooga with fares beginning at 75 cents per ride. 

With 400 bikes ready to be picked up at 42 stations across Chattanooga – and more on the way – Bike Chattanooga provides a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to navigate the city. Riders can choose between a daily pass for $8, 3-day pass for $15, or annual pass for $50. Both regular bikes and e-bikes are available.

Drivers of electric vehicles have more than 100 charging stations at their disposal within a nine-mile radius of Chattanooga, including stations in areas such as Hixson, Ooltewah, Lookout Mountain, and East Brainerd.

Based in East Ridge, Groome Transportation operates daily trips to the Nashville International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The safe and convenient shuttle service offers amenities such as complimentary parking and pet transportation. Reservations can be made online.

CSX and Norfolk Southern serve the Chattanooga area, connecting it to cities across the United States. CSX operates and maintains nearly 1,600 miles of track across Tennessee, while Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor is a $2.5 billion rail infrastructure system that spans 11 states and provides direct routes from the Southeast to the Northeast with convenient connections to Mexico and Los Angeles.

Due to its location and infrastructure – not to mention the city’s entrepreneurial spirit – Chattanooga has attracted some of the nation’s top logistics providers. These include Covenant Logistics, Kenco Logistics, and Coyote Logistics. Also gaining steam are Trident Transport, Steam Logistics, and LYNC Logistics, all of which were honored on Inc. magazine’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing companies in 2021. FreightWaves, a logistics data provider, continues to innovate and was named the No. 1 fastest-growing Tennessee company on Inc.’s list. 

Connected to 14 inland rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Tennessee River is a primary means of transporting products around the United States. Two public terminals in Chattanooga include Centre South Riverport/Industrial Park and the Port of Chattanooga. Companies such as Serodino, Inc. move more than 2 million tons of cargo a year on the upper Tennessee River. 

Getting Around the Scenic City

A true geographic bullseye of the Southeast, Chattanooga has served as a major transportation hub since the mid-1800s. Whether you prefer to travel by rail, river, road, or runway, getting to and from the Scenic City has never been easier. 

In 1850, the city of Chattanooga was forever changed with the arrival of its first rail line: the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Eight years later, the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad arrived in Chattanooga, cementing the city’s status as a transit hub. Since that time, rail transportation has continued to play a significant role in the local economy. Freight is carried in and out of the city daily on trains owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern, among others.

One of Chattanooga’s oldest transportation systems is the waterways of the Tennessee River; the river carries barges filled with goods up to the Missouri and Ohio Rivers and down south to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to reach the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), 28,000 barges carry 45 to 50 million tons of goods up and down the Tennessee River annually. Shipping by barge – as opposed to truck or rail – can save consumers as much as $500 million annually. 

Chattanooga is situated at the convergence of three interstates: I-75, I-59, and I-24. Due to its convenient location, two of the nation’s largest trucking companies – U.S. Xpress and Covenant Logistics – have chosen Chattanooga, also referred to as “the Silicon Valley of trucking,” as their home base. Similarly, a cluster of third-party logistics providers, from established names like Kenco Logistics and UPS-owned Coyote Logistics to fast-growing firms like Steam Logistics and LYNC Logistics, operates out of the Scenic City. 

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) offers nonstop flights to 10 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Orlando, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. In July 2021, the airport completed construction on a new four-level parking garage, and as boardings continue to trend upward, a terminal expansion is slated for 2022. The $28 million project will include a new concourse, an additional security lane for boarding passengers, a new restaurant, and more.

Committed to providing safe, dependable public transportation for more than 40 years, the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) operates 17 fixed bus routes around the city. CARTA also manages the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway and curbside Care-a-Van services for the disabled. Known for having one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the country, CARTA has consulted with national and international governments interested in electric bus technology.

For a cost-effective and sustainable way to navigate the city, Bike Chattanooga offers 400 rental bikes at 42 stations located throughout Chattanooga. After seeing a record number of trips in 2020, the transit system is working to make the bikes even more accessible with additional bikes and stations in the coming year. 

Also contributing to sustainable transportation are electric vehicles, which are on the rise in the Scenic City. To keep up with the high demand, the city has installed more than 100 public charging stations within a nine-mile radius of Chattanooga. Additional green initiatives, such as GreenTrips – which encourages citizens to consider more sustainable methods of transportation – are helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

 

Did You Know?

According to a year-long study conducted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport adds approximately
$910 million to the state’s economy.

For decades, interstate highways have paved the way for Chattanooga’s economic success. Interstates 24, 59, and 75 connect travelers to major cities throughout the Southeast, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville, and Nashville. 

Taking advantage of Chattanooga’s strategic location are several trucking companies, including two of the nation’s largest: U.S. Xpress and Covenant Logistics. Both provide long-distance trucking, distributing raw materials and finished goods to other markets and manufacturers.

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) continues to see unparalleled growth while receiving recognition for its commitment to sustainability. The airport offers a number of nonstop flights through major airlines Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, and United. Boasting convenient parking options, LEED-certified facilities, and terminal amenities such as dining and Wi-Fi, CHA has all of the services – and none of the stress – of a much larger airport. 

Adjacent to the Chattanooga Airport, fixed base operator Wilson Air Center offers private air service for business and leisure travel. For the second year in a row, Wilson Air was named the best fixed base operator in the country by Professional Pilot magazine in 2021.

Carrying over 3 million passengers annually, the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is the public transit system for Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. CARTA manages the downtown electric shuttle, downtown parking, and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, and it runs a Care-a-Van service for the disabled. CARTA also has 17 fixed bus routes serving Chattanooga with fares beginning at 75 cents per ride. 

With 400 bikes ready to be picked up at 42 stations across Chattanooga – and more on the way – Bike Chattanooga provides a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to navigate the city. Riders can choose between a daily pass for $8, 3-day pass for $15, or annual pass for $50. Both regular bikes and e-bikes are available.

Drivers of electric vehicles have more than 100 charging stations at their disposal within a nine-mile radius of Chattanooga, including stations in areas such as Hixson, Ooltewah, Lookout Mountain, and East Brainerd.

Based in East Ridge, Groome Transportation operates daily trips to the Nashville International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The safe and convenient shuttle service offers amenities such as complimentary parking and pet transportation. Reservations can be made online.

CSX and Norfolk Southern serve the Chattanooga area, connecting it to cities across the United States. CSX operates and maintains nearly 1,600 miles of track across Tennessee, while Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor is a $2.5 billion rail infrastructure system that spans 11 states and provides direct routes from the Southeast to the Northeast with convenient connections to Mexico and Los Angeles.

Due to its location and infrastructure – not to mention the city’s entrepreneurial spirit – Chattanooga has attracted some of the nation’s top logistics providers. These include Covenant Logistics, Kenco Logistics, and Coyote Logistics. Also gaining steam are Trident Transport, Steam Logistics, and LYNC Logistics, all of which were honored on Inc. magazine’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing companies in 2021. FreightWaves, a logistics data provider, continues to innovate and was named the No. 1 fastest-growing Tennessee company on Inc.’s list. 

Connected to 14 inland rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Tennessee River is a primary means of transporting products around the United States. Two public terminals in Chattanooga include Centre South Riverport/Industrial Park and the Port of Chattanooga. Companies such as Serodino, Inc. move more than 2 million tons of cargo a year on the upper Tennessee River. 

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