All Aboard UTC’s Mocs Express

By Alexandria Adams

Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)-  UTC provides students, faculty, and staff  a way to get to their destinations on campus quickly, safely, and free of charge.

The Mocs Express is a part of  the city of Chattanooga’s CARTA bus system. CARTA is Chattanooga’s public transit provider. Anyone with a validated UTC ID card can ride the bus.

Mocs Express

UTC’s Mocs Express

Three buses run throughout the day, starting at 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Generally, the  busiest times people are on the bus are between the hours of noon and four o’clock,” said CARTA driver Rhonda Albert. “The UC and the corner store are where I pick up the most students.”

Benefits of Riding a CARTA Bus with a UTC ID/ Mocs Express:

  • Unlimited free access to downtown Chattanooga, Hamilton Place, Northgate, and other CARTA routes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Busses run every 6 minutes

UTC freshmen Shauntra Spencer and Raquel Fuller said they both take the bus each day. ” I think it’s more convenient.” I have learned to know the schedule so I know when it will be coming and how long I’m going to have to wait,” Spencer said.

Weather plays a key factor to why some students take the bus said Fuller.” The bus is the most crowded when it’s cold or rainy.”

Engle Stadium Parking

 Other students who take the Mocs Express are those who park in the gravel lot near Engle Stadium. The lot is a distance from UTC’s campus, but the Mocs Express picks up and drops off many students from the location each day.
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Sophomore Bernie Smith said that she just recently found about the lot and enjoys using it. “When I didn’t know about this parking lot I would go over in the other gravel lot off of Palmetto. I would circle around there for a good 30 minutes searching for a parking spot and I would be late to class all the time.”
Smith said before she found out about the Engle Stadium parking lot she had aquired over $180 worth of money in parking tickets. Smith said she likes the fact she can leave her home 15 minutes before class starts, catch the Mocs Express ,and make it to campus on time.
For more information about The Mocs Express or the CARTA bus service please visit  or call (423)-425-4051.

Hop on board the Mocs Express with Mocs News! Mocs News interviewed students and CARTA staff about the shuttle experience. Click below to watch.

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