Chattanooga's electric shuttles survive red ink

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga's downtown electric shuttle service survived cost cutting aimed at a $1 million budget deficit but parking at meters will increase by 50 cents an hour, to 75 cents.

Before the decision Thursday to raise parking meter fees, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority director Tom Dugan had said lowering personnel costs by eliminating the nonpolluting shuttle service was a real option for the authority board.

Dugan told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that CARTA plans eventually to increase the parking meter rate to $1 per hour, although he said he does not know when that change will take effect.

Dugan has said fuel costs are the culprit.

The parking meter rate increase will be phased in starting in late August.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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