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Projects and Initiatives

As we assume the role of mobility manager for Chatham County and surrounding areas, we are constantly striving to stay on the cutting edge of transit initiatives and best practices. Below are some of the programs we are currently working on as well as some of the recent programs we have implemented. Use the left hand navigation links for more information, or click on underlined headings to learn more about individual projects.

Hutchinson Island Intermodal Facility – Phase 1 completed October 2014

With Hutchinson Island development on the brink of expansion, CAT is moving forward to strengthen the island’s infrastructure and connectivity with Savannah/River Street. This project continues our mission to provide the variety of mobility options our community needs to thrive.

Savannah Streetcar Project

With the successes shown in other cities and new developments cropping up along Savannah’s western gateway, we think it’s time streetcars made a triumphant return. Click on the heading to learn more about this project.

Transit Development Plan (TDP) – Making Connections

Our latest business plan has been approved by the Board and is available to the public. This document contains the research and community feedback upon which CUTR built their recommendations for our collective growth and efficiency. Review it to learn about the pros and cons of various east-west connecting routes, flex scheduling circulators, and more!

Bike Share Program – Launched January 24, 2014

“Intermodal” means more than buses and trains. It also incorporates pedestrian incentives and cycling, for example. That’s why CAT is proud to offer Savannah’s first bike share program. Initially, stations will be located at the Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center and at Ellis Square.

Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center – Opened October 7, 2013

After more than 17 years of discussion and planning, the site for Savannah’s first intermodal transit station was chosen and ground was broken. Since it has opened, customers have enjoyed the various features and amenities it offers, including its cutting edge technology, controlled climate waiting areas, downtown accessible location, site-sharing with Greyhound, and soon-to-launch bike sharing.

Commuter Choice (Employer Program) – Launched with City of Savannah September 1, 2013

Commuter Choice is a federal program that subsidizes employers who pay a stipend for their employees to get to work using public transportation. We believe part of our duty at CAT is to help the hardworking citizens of Chatham County get to their jobs every day, on time, rain or shine, so we are working with the employers of Greater Savannah to build partnerships and programs that make it easy and affordable for their employees to get to work.

Transit Oriented Development – Board approved and adopted January 2012

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a model for guiding development that not only supports transit, but is also a sustainable approach to development. This kind of design encourages the use of transit and other non-vehicular modes of transportation by creating walkable, compact, higher intensity, mixed-use development with housing, jobs, shopping, and community services within a ½ mile radius of transit nodes.

Transit Oriented Development not only supports transit; it also supports our community and our commitment to sustainable development as Chatham County resolves to become the “Greenest County in Georgia.”

TOD example developed by Steve Price in association w/ Dover Kohl & Partners & Glatting Jackson for Johnson City, TN. From an enclosed design (1) to a more open plan with steps and sidewalks (2) to a fully pedestrian friendly design with crosswalks and beautification to encourage walking and transit (3). Click on images to view a larger picture.

TOD 1 TOD 2 TOD 3

Passenger Amenities Guidelines – Board approved and adopted November 2011

Establishes a framework for maintaining and developing bus stops. Includes a complete inventory of all CAT bus stops and their amenities (benches, shelters, trash cans, lighting, etc.). Aids in determining passenger needs in the community.

Images below show 1. CAT Super Stop rendering, 2. CAT bus shelter, 3. CAT sombrero shelter.

CAT bus super stop rendering CAT bus shelter photo CAT bus stop with sombrero shelter

 

If you have any questions about these planning initiatives, please contact our Transit Planning department at (912) 629-3916.