CARTA could be impacted if partial government shutdown continues

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Right now, the partial government shutdown is not affecting the Chattanooga Area Transportation Authority, but it could.

Lizzie Greer rides CARTA buses weekly. She says it’s convenient and saves her money.

“I really enjoy riding CARTA. I really appreciate the fact that they are doing this for us,” Greer said.

Right now the partial government shutdown is not affecting CARTA, but if it continues, it could.
At their board meeting this morning, Lisa Maragnano, the CARTA executive director, briefly addressed this subject.

She says they have funding for January and February. The city of Chattanooga is working with them to supply them with budgeted funding through the end of June, if that is necessary.

According to Maragnano, if the partial government shutdown goes beyond February, CARTA will have to look at different options.

“But I am hoping that Washington figures out what they are going to do before that. So we don’t have to worry about that. This is the longest I have seen. I have been doing this for 35 years. This is very stressful for everyone involved obviously and the last thing I want to do is affect people’s livelihoods,” Maragnano said.

She is urging residents to contact their lawmakers in Washington to tell them about their concerns.

“I think that is really important and if people can take a minute and make a phone call and send an email to their elected officials to let them know,” Maragnano said.

Greer hopes buses will continue to run as normal and service won’t be impacted.

“We’ve got a good service and I hope and pray that they keep it going. It is convenient for the community,” Greer said.

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