CAT holding public forums to discuss removal of Thunderbolt bus stops

CAT holding public forums to discuss removal of Thunderbolt bus stops
Twelve bus stops are being removed in the Thunderbolt area in October. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Chatham Area Transit will remove 12 bus stops located in Thunderbolt in October.

The removal is due to the area being outside of the tax district that funds CAT’s operations, according to a news release from CAT.

The removal was approved by the board of directors on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

CAT Interim Executive Director/CEO Michael Brown said in the release, “Unfortunately, CAT is prohibited by the state constitution from continuing operations within Thunderbolt under the present circumstances. For service to continue, Thunderbolt would have to become a part of the transit district and be subject to the associated tax levied by Chatham County to help pay for the service.”

Below is a list of the impacted stops and the closest alternative stop:

The stops are mostly located on or near an almost-mile-long section of Whatley Avenue, between Victory Drive and Falligant Avenue.

The CAT bus route, 12 Henry, which currently serves the stops, will continue to operate. Buses will continue to travel along the existing 12 Henry route, but will not be able to stop in Thunderbolt.

Stops on Falligant Avenue at the northern entrance of Savannah State University are not in Thunderbolt and will remain in service.

The stops are scheduled to be removed on Saturday, Oct. 12, after a 45-day public notice period.

Chatham Area Transit is hosting two public forums on Monday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. They will both be held at Thunderbolt Town Hall, located at 2821 River Drive.

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