CATS http://wfae.org en CATS Proposes Fare Increase http://wfae.org/post/cats-proposes-fare-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public transit riders may soon see the cost of a ticket go up </span>between&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$.10</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$0.40</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">single</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">fare</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$0.85</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$16.00</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">multiple</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">use</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pass.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) manager of public and community relations, Jean </span>Leier<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says the increase would help keep the current operating hours and levels of service.</span></p><p><b>"</b>The one thing that our financial policy does is it looks at small increases every two years versus waiting many years and having to do a substantial increase that would really have a negative impact on our customers," Leier says. "You know, a twenty cent would be much different than if you waited many years and all of a sudden had to do – let's say – a dollar to two dollars."</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:22:52 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 47267 at http://wfae.org CATS Proposes Fare Increase CATS Map Will Help Navigate Light Rail Extension Traffic http://wfae.org/post/cats-map-will-help-navigate-light-rail-extension-traffic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Major construction of bridges and tracks for the blue line light rail extension will begin in the next few months. And with that, be ready to spend more time in traffic. Charlotte Area Transit System officials announced Friday that it's making a </span><a href="http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/growthstrategy/Pages/BlueLineExtension.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">map available to give commuters a heads up on road and lane closures</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and turning restrictions during construction.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:43:02 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 46955 at http://wfae.org CATS Map Will Help Navigate Light Rail Extension Traffic Construction On Blue Line Extension Will Begin 2014 http://wfae.org/post/construction-blue-line-extension-will-begin-2014 <p>Bulldozers have been clawing at the sides of North Tryon for months now to make way for the Blue Line light rail extension. &nbsp;</p><p>Construction on the blue line light rail extension is going to intensify in early 2014. CATS officials gave an update during a public workshop Tuesday night in the University area.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:19:45 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40874 at http://wfae.org Construction On Blue Line Extension Will Begin 2014 CATS Bus Drivers Avoid Strike, Win Pay Raise http://wfae.org/post/cats-bus-drivers-avoid-strike-win-pay-raise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After threatening a potential strike, the union representing CATS bus drivers has reached a tentative agreement with Transit Management of Charlotte on a new three-year labor contract.&nbsp;Both parties have been in negotiations since July. CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers says drivers will receive a 2.3 percent pay raise, an additional day off, bonuses based on performance and attendance.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two sides were able to find a compromise on scheduling issues and seniority.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:32:48 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40769 at http://wfae.org CATS Bus Drivers Avoid Strike, Win Pay Raise Charlotte Loses Out To Kansas City Streetcar In Federal Grant Competition http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-loses-out-kansas-city-streetcar-federal-grant-competition <p>Charlotte's streetcar project is not dead, but its future is in limbo after the city's initial federal funding application was denied.&nbsp; Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Carolyn Flowers says there are other grants the streetcar may qualify for, but snagging them could require more investment from the city's taxpayers.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:59:24 +0000 Julie Rose 34713 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Loses Out To Kansas City Streetcar In Federal Grant Competition Charlotte B-Cycle Launches Partnership With CATS, Offers Discounted Memberships http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-b-cycle-launches-partnership-cats-offers-discounted-memberships <p>Starting Tuesday, there’s a cheaper way to join Charlotte’s bike sharing program, B-Cycle. The non-profit is partnering with the Charlotte Area Transit System to offer discounted memberships.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:50:35 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 29644 at http://wfae.org Charlotte B-Cycle Launches Partnership With CATS, Offers Discounted Memberships City Produces Another Artistic Endeavor (Flash Mob) http://wfae.org/post/city-produces-another-artistic-endeavor-flash-mob <p>If you’re looking for music and entertainment, the Charlotte Area Transit System might not be the first place that comes to mind. But CATS is becoming quite the producer.</p><p></p><p><em>CORRECTION APPENDED</em></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:10:38 +0000 Ben Bradford 29352 at http://wfae.org City Produces Another Artistic Endeavor (Flash Mob) City Mulls Ads At Light Rail Stations http://wfae.org/post/city-mulls-ads-light-rail-stations <p></p><p>Perhaps it's hard to believe, but giant billboards on the sides of Charlotte buses and trains only appeared about a year ago when the city started allowing ads on transit vehicles. Now the Charlotte Area Transit System wants to go even further. &nbsp;</p><p>Monday night, CATS will petition city council members for permission to sell advertising on light rail platforms. CATS Spokeswoman Jean Leier says the recession hurt transit funding.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:52:34 +0000 Julie Rose 17705 at http://wfae.org City Mulls Ads At Light Rail Stations Light Rail To UNC Charlotte Gets $580 Million Federal Boost http://wfae.org/post/light-rail-unc-charlotte-gets-580-million-federal-boost <p>Charlotte officials say this gift from the Federal Transit Administration is the single largest federal grant the city's ever received: $580 million.</p><p>FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff traveled from D.C. to bring news of what city leaders have expected for several months now.</p><p>That hasn't always been the case, though.</p><p>"This project was on life support back in 2009," says Mayor Anthony Foxx.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:03:02 +0000 Julie Rose 13929 at http://wfae.org Light Rail To UNC Charlotte Gets $580 Million Federal Boost Final Funding For Blue Line Extension Expected In 30 Days http://wfae.org/post/final-funding-blue-line-extension-expected-30-days <p>Extending the light rail from Uptown to UNC Charlotte will cost just over $1 billion. That price tag has contributed to the project's sometimes on-again-off-again status as local, state and federal funds tighten.</p><p>But Danny Rogers - the Blue Line Extension's project manager for the city - says all the funding is nearly in place.</p><p>"Right now we're just waiting on the full-funding grant agreement - FTA recommended and has approved it, pending the congressional review," says Rogers.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:01:57 +0000 Julie Rose 13182 at http://wfae.org Final Funding For Blue Line Extension Expected In 30 Days