You can use your university I.D. as a bus ticket starting tomorrow as CATS, Cookeville Area Transit System, buses start to roll as part of a new service offered by the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.
The Purple Route, dedicated to campus, the Cookeville Regional Medical Center area and Tech Village, will wind its way around campus and offer seven stops, plus flag down areas, for Tennessee Tech students, faculty and staff.
During the day, you can transfer to the Green Route, the main city route, to go to restaurants, shopping centers, grocery stores and other popular locations. The transfer point will be located on the Purple Route stop at CRMC on Cedar Avenue.
On evenings and weekends, Green Route adds stops at the movie theater, TTU’s Clement Hall and hotels located near Bunker Hill Road.
Purple Route stops are marked with CATS signs; the bus also will stop in areas where the speed limit is less than 20 mph if a person waves for service.
How will you know which bus? Look for the bus with cat ears and whiskers on the front. The colorfully wrapped buses also will sport a TTU logo. The campus route is expected to run every 20 minutes.
Buses will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday. Saturday service will be from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Buses will not run on Sunday.
Students, faculty and staff must show a TTU I.D. in order to ride at no charge. Without an I.D., the ride is $1. This service is provided to current TTU students as a part of their on-campus housing and campus access benefits.
Though an official grand opening of the service is scheduled for March, route service will begin Feb. 6.