Why Chatham Connects
The mobility needs of Savannah and the broader region are changing!
Chatham and the surrounding counties have been and continue to grow rapidly
COVID-19 is changing how we work and commute
Advances in technology are creating new opportunities for how we travel
Chatham Connects will respond to changing mobility needs by developing regional mobility strategies, including considering new ways of offering public transportation. The project will advance mobility in Chatham County by designing a modern transit network.
The process will reflect community needs through a process that is inclusive, collaborative, and responsive:
Community Engagement – Successful planning processes are collaborative and Chatham Connects will be prepared with extensive public outreach. We plan to engage with the community through interviews, focus groups, pop-up events, community meetings and online/social media outreach.
Market Assessment – We dive deep to understand where and how people travel in the region and how public transportation can better align with these markets. Our analysis will consider trends of demographics, employment, travel flows, and current transit ridership.
Financial Assessment – Funding and financial resources determine what we can and can’t do. As part of creating our vision, we’ll consider how CAT is funded today and develop opportunities to broaden and expand these resources.
Transit Vision – Chatham Connects will work with stakeholders and community members to create a shared vision that reflects regional priorities and opportunities. The vision will include clear goals, objectives, and an evaluation framework based on robust data analysis.
Transit Projects and Prioritization – We’ll use the vision and opportunities to identify a list of transit services, investments, and innovations to guide the region’s future.