Since the beginning of the CAT bus network in 1987, the cities it serves and the surrounding county have changed a great deal. While individual transit routes have been added or changed over the years, the overall design of the network has not been revisited.
Transit networks are like coral reefs: over time, they naturally grow more complex. That complexity can become frustrating for existing riders and discouraging for new riders. At a certain point transit agencies like CAT do a “blank slate” plan, to see what would be possible if the network were re-imagined for the people and places of today.
Redesigning a bus network forces us to make some hard choices. In this project, the community will help us make those choices.
What is LET'S GO?
LET’S GO is a planning process that is exploring changes to the CAT transit system to better meet the changing needs of the area. This project focuses on transit service within Chatham County.
Why is CAT doing the redesign?
The area’s economy and the needs of the community are changing. As a result, CAT is redesigning the transit routes to promote growth and better meet the mobility needs of the community.
The public transit system in Chatham County was designed decades ago when downtown Savannah was the center of our community from every perspective – economically and culturally. Since then, the demographics of our area have changed, the locations of employment centers have changed, and the number of available mobility options has changed. Demands from senior citizens, millennials, individuals with disabilities, and those working to escape poverty continue to grow. More businesses are locating to areas of our region that we do not serve well, if at all. With the emergence of new transportation options such as bike sharing, car sharing, ride sharing and van pools, it is no longer the case that public transit and the personal automobile are the community’s only options to reach their destinations. This has created a new reality for public transit that we will not ignore.
Who will be involved with LET'S GO?
We ensured the involvement of a wide variety of stakeholders. This included CAT customers and employees, business partners, community and neighborhood organizations, advocacy groups, elected officials, business owners, community members, potential future customers, and residents of Chatham County.
Will my bus route change as a result?
Many routes will be improved and some routes will be replaced. We encourage you to participate in the process so you have a say about if/when a route is changed.
Please contact us to share your thoughts and ideas about the LET’S GO initiative: