Chatham Area Transit and FUSE Announce Collaboration to Enhance Public Transit in Savannah

Appointment of FUSE Executive Fellow Gloria Wesley to Lead Electrified Public Transit Expansion

Savannah, GA – Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is proud to announce a new collaboration with FUSE, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the capacity of local governments to build more equitable communities. This partnership aims to revolutionize public transportation in Savannah through the implementation of the CAT SMART microtransit project. FUSE Executive Fellow Gloria Wesley has been appointed to lead this transformative initiative.

The CAT SMART microtransit project, supported by a $1.2 million SMART (Strengthening Mobility & Revolutionizing Transportation) Grant, introduces a flexible, on-demand transportation service that uses dynamically routed vehicles to respond to real-time passenger requests. This innovative approach combines fixed routes with on-demand shuttles, enhancing the adaptability and resilience of transit services in Savannah.

Key Objectives of the CAT SMART Microtransit Project:

  • Digital Transformation of Transit Services: Transitioning legacy systems into the digital age to improve service efficiency and user experience.
  • Inclusivity and Diversity: Supporting a one-year internship program with Savannah State University, an HBCU, to foster diversity in the transportation sector.
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility: Integrating electric vehicles (EVs) with advanced charging algorithms to optimize energy efficiency and promote eco-friendly transportation options.
  • Comprehensive Travel Experience: Seamlessly blending on-demand and fixed-route segments to minimize waiting times and enhance user satisfaction.

Gloria Wesley, a seasoned leader with a strong commitment to advancing equity, will spearhead the project. Her role will focus on expanding electrified public transit to connect affordable housing, ensuring that the benefits of improved transportation reach all residents, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.

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“We are thrilled to partner with Chatham Area Transit and the City of Savannah on this groundbreaking project,” said James Weinberg, CEO of FUSE. “Gloria Wesley’s expertise and dedication to equity will be instrumental in driving this initiative forward, creating a more inclusive and efficient transit system for Savannah.”

“The CAT SMART microtransit project represents a significant step towards modernizing our public transportation infrastructure,” said Faye DiMassimo, CEO/Executive Director of Chatham Area Transit. “With the support of FUSE and the leadership of Gloria Wesley, we are confident that this project will greatly enhance mobility and accessibility for all residents.”

About Chatham Area Transit:

Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is committed to providing safe, reliable, and efficient public transportation services to the residents of Chatham County. Through innovative projects like CAT SMART, CAT aims to enhance the quality of life for all community members. For more information, visit www.catchacat.org.

About FUSE:

FUSE is a national nonprofit that partners with local governments to help communities thrive. By embedding private sector executives in city and county agencies, FUSE works to narrow racial disparities, improve public services, and accelerate systems change. For more information, visit https://fuse.org.

FUSE Media Contact:

Erika Nguyen

Director of Marketing & Communications

enguyen@fusecorps.org

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