transit 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 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 Transit Update: Funding And The Future http://wfae.org/post/transit-update-funding-and-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Transportation is a big issue in Charlotte - so is funding it. Officials are exploring financing options for the really big, really expensive 2030 Transit Plan. As a result of the recession, there is a $3 billion gap in funding for the long-term plan that has left some, like Charlotte City Council member David Howard to claim "if we don’t do something different, this 2030 or 2035 Plan is going to be more like a 2080 Plan." He is Committee Co-Chair, along with </span>Huntersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mayor Jill Swain of a 30-member transit funding working group formed at the behest of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (who has been nominated as Transportation Secretary) to explore possible options to help fund $4 billion worth of projects. They join us to share their findings. The future and funding challenges of Charlotte's transit plan, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 27677 at http://wfae.org Transit Update: Funding And The Future Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee And Mayor Anthony Foxx http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-city-manager-ron-carlee-and-mayor-anthony-foxx <p>April 1 marked the beginning of Ron Carlee's tenure as Charlotte City Manager, the first person from out of town to hold the position in more than 30 years. Mr. Carlee brings experience both as a former county manager (Arlington Co., Virginia) and as the COO of the International City/ County Management Association, where he was able to see the operations of cities all over the world. We'll sit down with Mr. Carlee and Mayor Anthony Foxx to talk about how he plans to tackle the city budget, transit and the streetcar debate, the airport situation, and the day-to-day operations of the city, when Charlotte Talks.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 24491 at http://wfae.org Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee And Mayor Anthony Foxx 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 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 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 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