light rail 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 Council Exempts Blue Line Extension From Affordable Housing Policy http://wfae.org/post/council-exempts-blue-line-extension-affordable-housing-policy <p>Charlotte’s City Council voted Monday night to encourage more affordable housing near rapid transit stations, such as light rail, to give families with lower incomes easier access to public transportation, and education and job opportunities along with it. But, the council decided to exempt one of its signature projects, the Blue Line Extension.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:07:13 +0000 Ben Bradford 39097 at http://wfae.org Council Exempts Blue Line Extension From Affordable Housing Policy The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End http://wfae.org/post/surprising-story-charlottes-south-end <p>Some of the hottest restaurants and hippest gatherings in Charlotte are just beyond Uptown, in the neighborhood known as South End.&nbsp; Developers have taken note: enough apartments are under construction to double South End's population by 2015.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City leaders say it's a shining example of what transit can do. But there's so much more to the story.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:47:24 +0000 Julie Rose 28825 at http://wfae.org The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End Obama Will Appoint Foxx Transportation Secretary http://wfae.org/post/obama-will-appoint-foxx-transportation-secretary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">White House officials have confirmed that President Obama will appoint Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation--a big leap onto the national stage for the local politician.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:17:24 +0000 Ben Bradford & Julie Rose 26192 at http://wfae.org Obama Will Appoint Foxx Transportation Secretary 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