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Shuttles, Gondolas, Ferries and a Hyperloop? Public Transit Oddities
Shuttles, Gondolas, Ferries and a Hyperloop? Public Transit Oddities

Since it's Halloween, we thought we'd share off the wall transit options from around the world, highlight a great option for Downtown Chattanooga - our shuttle system and invite you to an upcoming transit chat here in Chattanooga with transit guru Jarrett Walker.


Outside the standard buses or metro systems, cities around the globe have both long standing and relatively new options to move you in and around their cities. For example, San Francisco is famous for their historic streetcars. Have you ever rode one to the end of the line and watched the man powered turn around? If not, here’s a quick video. In Medellín, Colombia commuters have a sky high gondola system that offers not only an incredible view but also a much needed transit option. See a photo of the gondola system to your right and the story about the system here. Boston, Massachusetts has a year round commuter ferry system that even has a bar on board. You can check out that ferry service here. And even Tesla and SpaceX leader Elon Musk is attempting to build a revolutionary train like system dubbed Hyperloop which would allow you to get from L.A. to San Francisco in under 30 minutes at speeds of 700mph.


And while Chattanooga doesn’t have a Hyperloop or gondola system to date, we do have the free electric shuttle to ride. The shuttles run about every 5 minutes from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops almost every block in between, along with the North Shore shuttle. Below is the full schedule.


Not only do these innovative ways of transportation add a unique quality to a city, but also they pack an economic punch. For every $1 communities invest in public transportation, approximately $4 is generated in economic returns. In addition, 1.1 million jobs are created or sustained by robust investment in public transportation. From 2006-2011, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation.


Want to learn more about transit? Join the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), Chattanooga Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Chattanooga Design Studio on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 PM at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center as they host Jarrett Walker, an internationally recognized guru in transit design. To learn more about Jarrett and his views on transit, visit his blog at To learn more about his free Chattanooga appearance or get tickets, click here.


Shuttle buses run about every 5 minutes
Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Sundays - 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

* North Shore Shuttle buses run about every 15 minutes - Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.*