Transit Facts

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  • Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the free downtown all-electric shuttle and celebrated CARTA's 40th Anniversary. The agency assumed responsibility for parking enforcement for the City of Chattanooga and celebrated its 40th service anniversary in 2012.
  • Clarksville Transit System is expanding into an additional building and began commuter service from Clarksville to Nashville.  The system also celebrated its 25th service anniversary in 2012.
  • First Tennessee Human Resources Agency rolled out a new fixed route between Kingsport and Johnson City, and started two new transit-on-demand routes.
  • Franklin Transit Authority has recently installed security cameras on vehicles and added a new southbound route while also expanding driver training. 
  • Johnson City Transit’s ITS Project is successfully implemented, providing real time passenger information at the Transit Center and on buses, and web-based real time vehicle tracking over the Web and mobile devices.

  • Johnson City Transit successfully implemented a major ITS project which provides real-time passenger information at its transit center and on buses, as well as Web-based real-time vehicle tracking accessible by computer and mobile devices.
  • Knoxville Station Transit Center was the first facility in Federal Transportation Administration’s Region IV to receive Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification.
  • Memphis MATA received a Federal Transportation Administration award for Most Improved Ridership for its trolley division and had the highest rate of growth of all U.S. light rail systems in the first and second quarters of 2012.
  • City of Murfreesboro's ROVER system increased ridership 20 percent over the 2011 calendar year. ROVER is planning to construct a new transit facility which will include passenger waiting, administration and training space. 

  • Nashville MTA/RTA recorded more than 10 million passenger trips in a fiscal year for the first time in modern history and is moving forward with building the region’s first full-service Bus Rapid Transit system.
  • Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley is nearing completion of site work at the planned location of a newly relocated transit hub. 
  • Southwest Human Resources Agency increased ridership by 14 percent from 2011 to 2012.
  • UCHRA recently established the first deviated fixed route bus system, Cookeville Area Transit System, CATS.  UCHRA established the first regional transportation HUB integrated with a computer-aided dispatch center. UCHRA developed and implemented an in-house vehicle location and information tracking system called "Pulse".
  • Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency received the FTA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2010.


Why is public transportation important to Tennesseans?

Public transportation benefits every segment of Tennessee, including individuals, families, businesses, industries and communities by:

• Reducing congestion and pollution
• Saving energy
• Improving air quality
• Contributing to economic development and job creation
• Encouraging healthy lifestyles
• Providing transportation to jobs, schools, and medical appointments
• Allowing seniors, those with disabilities and those without other means of transportation to remain independent
• Providing personal mobility and freedom to people from every walk of life

Tennessee Transit Facts

• In 2012, nearly 35 million trips were taken on public transportation in Tennessee, an 11 percent ridership increase since 2010.

• Public transit riders traveled more than 51 million miles in 2012.

• Public transportation providers employ over 3,000 Tennesseans.

• 25 public transit agencies with more than 1800 vehicles provide service in all 95 counties • Johnson City Transit’s ITS Project is successfully implemented, providing real time passenger information at the Transit Center and on buses, and web-based real time vehicle tracking over the Web and mobile devices. 

• Nashville MTA/RTA recorded more than 10 million passenger trips in a fiscal year for the first time in modern history and is moving forward with building the region’s first full-service Bus Rapid Transit system.

• UCHRA recently established the first deviated fixed route bus system, Cookeville Area Transit System, CATS. UCHRA established the first regional transportation HUB integrated with a computer-aided dispatch center. UCHRA developed and implemented an in-house vehicle location and information tracking system called "Pulse". 

• Clarksville Transit System is expanding into an additional building and began commuter service from Clarksville to Nashville. The system also celebrated its 25th service anniversary in 2012. 

• City of Murfreesboro’s ROVER system increased ridership 20 percent over the 2011 calendar year. ROVER is planning to construct a new transit facility which will include passenger waiting, administration and training space. 

• Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the free downtown all-electric shuttle and celebrated CARTA's 40th Anniversary. The agency assumed responsibility for parking enforcement for the City of Chattanooga and celebrated its 40th service anniversary in 2012. 

• First Tennessee Human Resources Agency rolled out a new fixed route between Kingsport and Johnson City, and started two new transit-on-demand routes.

• Memphis MATA received a Federal Transportation Administration award for Most Improved Ridership for its trolley division and had the highest rate of growth of all U.S. light rail systems in the first and second quarters of 2012.

• Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley is nearing completion of site work at the planned location of a newly relocated transit hub. 

• Southwest Human Resources Agency increased ridership by 14 percent from 2011 to 2012.

• Johnson City Transit successfully implemented a major ITS project which provides real-time passenger information at its transit center and on buses, as well as Web-based real-time vehicle tracking accessible by computer and mobile devices.

• Franklin Transit Authority has recently installed security cameras on vehicles and added a new southbound route while also expanding driver training. 

• Knoxville Station Transit Center was the first facility in Federal Transportation Administration’s Region IV to receive Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification.

• Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency received the FTA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2010.

U. S. Transit Facts 

• In 2011, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation, the second highest annual ridership number since 1957.

• 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.

• From 1995 through 2011, public transportation ridership increased by 34%—a growth rate higher than the 17% increase in U.S. population and higher than the 22% growth in the use of the nation’s highways over the same period.

• Public transportation is a $56 billion industry that employs nearly 400,000 people.

• More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.

• 74% of public funding for public transit is spent creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs.






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2016 TPTA Conference & Expo
October 25 - 28, 2016
Cook Convention Center
Memphis, Tennessee

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Music City Center
Nashville, Tennessee

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