bus http://wfae.org en CATS Offers Two New Express Bus Routes To Charlotte Airport http://wfae.org/post/cats-offers-two-new-express-bus-routes-charlotte-airport <p>There's a lot of construction going on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are also fewer parking spaces. So <a href="http://wfae.org/post/summer-brings-fewer-parking-spaces-clt-airport" target="_blank">finding parking</a> is not easy. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But to make it a little easier, airport and transit officials will begin offering two new express bus routes to the airport starting Monday.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:59:54 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 52814 at http://wfae.org CATS Offers Two New Express Bus Routes To Charlotte Airport 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 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 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) Concord, Kannapolis Will Upgrade To Electric-Hybrid Buses http://wfae.org/post/concord-kannapolis-upgrade-electric-hybrid-buses <p>If you ride the bus in Concord and Kannapolis, you’ll soon be seeing some big changes. The cities’ joint bus system called Rider Transit will be getting eight new hybrid-electric buses with free WiFi hotspots. There will also be service on Sundays starting in October 2013 and <a href="http://www.concordnc.gov/Home/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/553">several improvements to bus stops</a>, including a doubling of the number of shelters, solar-powered street lights and improved security system.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:03:50 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 13849 at http://wfae.org CATS Says Alcohol Ads Will Be Thoroughly Vetted http://wfae.org/post/cats-says-alcohol-ads-will-be-thoroughly-vetted <p>In just a few days alcohol ads will debut on Charlotte Area Transit System buses and trains.&nbsp; Those ads have gone through an additional review to make sure they don't cross the line. &nbsp;<br><br>Alcohol ads are expected to earn the cash-strapped transit system $600,000 annually.&nbsp; CATS has already signed two six-month contracts to promote alcohol on city buses and trains. &nbsp;<br><br>But the money comes with a challenge.&nbsp; The last thing CATS wants is an overly racy ad on a bus that winds through every neighborhood in the city. &nbsp;<br> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:59:14 +0000 Lisa Miller 3920 at http://wfae.org CATS Says Alcohol Ads Will Be Thoroughly Vetted