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Along with food, drinks, and free gigabit Wi-Fi, the Chattanooga airport streams a live video of the alligator exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium that travelers can watch to pass the time. A bookstore, called SkyLib, is also provided to waiting passengers. All proceeds from the bookstore support the Chattanooga Public Library.
Chattanooga offers a wide range of transportation options for businesses and residents, while continuing to advance eco-friendly transportation initiatives.
Sitting at the convergence of several major road arteries, including I-75, I-59, and I-24, Chattanooga is home to several of the nation’s top trucking companies, third-party logistics providers, and delivery and fulfillment services.
Among the top trucking companies are U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport. Leading third-party logistics providers include UPS-owned Coyote Logistics, and FedEx and Amazon have distribution and fulfillment centers in the area.
Leading the way in green technology, U.S. Xpress is testing the first new electric semi-trucks. Chattanooga also boasts the first logistics accelerator program, Dynamo Accelerator, a 12-week program for companies solving logistics problems.
Rail came to Chattanooga in 1850, with the arrival of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. In 1858, the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad arrived in Chattanooga, and the city quickly became a railroad hub. Since that time, rail transportation has continued to be an important part of Chattanooga’s economy. Today, CSX and Norfolk Southern continue to carry freight through Chattanooga daily to destinations throughout the U.S.
The Tennessee 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. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) administers 16,000 miles of navigable waterways. Goods are loaded and unloaded at Chattanooga’s two public terminals, Centre South Riverport/Industrial Park and the Port of Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport offers daily direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, New York, Orlando, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. In response to a steady increase in activity, the airport recently completed a $3.2 million community hangar with 28,000 square feet, and West Star Aviation just opened a $22.5 million air maintenance facility to provide maintenance and repairs for private aircrafts. Airport amenities include EPB’s Landing Pad, which offers free gigabit Wi-Fi, charging stations, iPads, Xbox, and large screen HD TVs.
The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) has served the community for more than 40 years, providing a cost-effective, efficient, and safe multimodal public transit system. Carrying more than three million passengers annually, CARTA has one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the United States and was the first in the nation to have zero-emissions electric vehicles. With a worldwide reputation for innovation, CARTA has consulted with national and international governments interested in electronic bus technology.
Another transportation option is Bike Chattanooga’s bicycle transit system, which offers 334 bikes at 37 stations throughout the city. Bikes are available for rent around the clock every day of the year. The Tennessee Riverwalk’s 13 miles of greenway and downtown streets’ bike lanes allow for recreation riding and easy commutes to work.
Another green initiative Chattanooga offers is electric car charging stations. The first electric car charging station was installed in Chattanooga in 2011 and was one of the first publically accessible electric vehicle charging stations in the nation. There are currently more than 30 locations throughout Chattanooga and nearby areas. The next green initiative is an electric-vehicle ride share program that CARTA, TVA, and EPB are planning to introduce in the near future.