CARTA Helps Parking Games at UTC

By: Drew Flora

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – Everyone has heard of the Hunger Games, but at UTC we have the parking games.

Mocs Express Route

Mocs Express Route

Ruthless savages all fighting to the death to get that last spot.  Ok, maybe it’s not quite to the death, but it’s close.  If you are a student at UTC and have a general parking pass (especially those with general passes), you all can relate to me. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

CARTA, Chattanooga’s most popular busing company, offers students two ways of travel with the Mocs Express as well as all other CARTA buses.

The bus runs about every seven minutes leaving from Engel Stadium to UTC from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m..  After 8:30 students can hop on CARTA buses and can go where ever their hearts desire.

Just kidding, this isn’t Burger King, you can’t have it your way.  Students can hop on any bus heading all over Chattanooga.  Students be warned, the bus stops running at 12:30 a.m..

Students have mixed feelings about the CARTA bus system on campus. Many of whom don’t like riding with “strange people.” Others don’t seem to mind.

Senior Jon Kwasniki said, “I wouldn’t say I love riding the Mocs Express, but I don’t hate it. I don’t have a parking pass, and I usually don’t get ticketed for parking at the stadium. I believe I can ‘rough’ it for a few minutes.”

Carta Bus Route

Carta Bus Route

Sophomore Sarah Smith, doesn’t mind riding the Mocs Express but the other bus routes aren’t really for her.  “I’m honestly terrified to ride   the bus as stupid as it may sound.  It smells horrible and I got weird vibes from the other passengers when me and some friends took the bus downtown for a night out, and we haven’t rode it at night since,” Smith said.

The bus system may not be ideal for every student, but it does get students from point A to point B. Besides, it beats getting a ticket and having to fork up $20 to pay it. Few minutes of your time or some of your cash the choice is yours.

Whatever route you choose, may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

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