Bus Elmo!

CARTA's #15 bus runs from St Elmo Avenue at 56th St. to Broad St. at 5th Street. Riding the bus downtown from St Elmo takes about the same amount of time as driving, and eliminates the need to find and pay for parking. All CARTA buses have free Wi-fi, so you can work while you ride. CARTA's St. Elmo line is in service Monday through Saturday; schedule information here.

For real-time information on CARTA bus locations, use their Bus Tracker or call CARTA's information line, Monday-Saturday, 6 am - 8 pm at 423-629-1473.

Fare information:

  • $1.50 per ride (exact change only)
  • $4 for rechargeable 24 hour pass ($6 when purchasing for the first time from bus driver)
  • $50 for rechargeable 31 day pass that can be purchased from the downtown branch of First Tennessee Bank or CARTA's administrative offices at 1617 Wilcox Blvd.
  • Children 5 & Under (with paying passenger) ride free.
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students and faculty ride free with UTC ID.
  • For more information on fares, including discount fares for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons, visit

CARTA bus tracker: Use CARTA's bus tracker with your computer or smart phone to find arrival times at any stop.

Bikes on buses: If your destination is a bit farther from your bus route, take your bike on the bus! Find instructions for using the racks here, but your bus driver will also be able to show you how to load your bicycle.


Bike Elmo!

You have several route options in reaching downtown by bicycle, but the link below is the official bike route. All roads on this route have bike facilities, such as a designated bike lane or shared lane signs and pavement markings.

Bike Route: St. Elmo to Downtown & Northshore

Bike racks are located throughout the downtown area, so you can easily lock up while you work, dine, and shop. Map of Chattanooga Bike Racks


Bicycle Commuting Resources

Contributor: Jenny Park