Transportation 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 DMV Eliminates Written Exam For Licensed Drivers http://wfae.org/post/dmv-eliminates-written-exam-licensed-drivers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was in </span>Huntersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the opening of a new DMV office. During his visit, he announced that the written test will no longer be required for out-of-state residents to get a North Carolina driver's license. Only first-time drivers and applicants with licenses that have been expired for more than two years will be required to take the written test.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:07:56 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50107 at http://wfae.org DMV Eliminates Written Exam For Licensed Drivers 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 Making Charlotte A Global Hub http://wfae.org/post/making-charlotte-global-hub <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte area business and economic leaders continue to work towards making Charlotte a major global hub, with the new </span>intermodal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> facility at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and as trade routes across the globe prepare to change due to the expansion of the Panama Canal next year. So what strategies should our region’s leaders use to help us find success in that global hub quest? What does Charlotte have that would allow us to be a global economic center? And how will success in that role change lives for </span>Charlotteans<span style="line-height: 1.5;">? We’ll ask our panel of experts, including Charlotte’s mayor, Patrick Cannon.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 46390 at http://wfae.org Making Charlotte A Global Hub DMV May Eliminate Written Exam For Licensed Drivers http://wfae.org/post/dmv-may-eliminate-written-exam-licensed-drivers <p>The DMV is looking to make a few big changes this year to reduce wait times. For one, there's a proposal to eliminate the written test requirement for out-of-state residents to get a North Carolina driver's license.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 45948 at http://wfae.org DMV May Eliminate Written Exam For Licensed Drivers Concord Seeks Overpass To Concord Mills Mall http://wfae.org/post/concord-seeks-overpass-concord-mills-mall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've ever visited the Concord Mills mall, you've probably had to sit in traffic for at least a few minutes. That's because Exit 49 off I-85 is the most congested interchange in </span>Cabarrus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County.</span></p><p>Last month, the city of Concord passed a resolution endorsing the construction of an overpass between I-85 and the mall and sidewalks to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 03:10:44 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 42334 at http://wfae.org Concord Seeks Overpass To Concord Mills Mall 8 Carolina Bus Companies Closed In Federal Crackdown http://wfae.org/post/8-carolina-bus-companies-closed-federal-crackdown <p>Federal transportation regulators put 52 bus companies out of business in the past eight months, eight of them in the Carolinas. The Department of Transportation says the bus companies were shut down as part of what it calls Operation Quick Strike—an effort to crack down on unsafe bus companies. WFAE’s Ben Bradford looked into the alarming safety records of our local companies that were shut down.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:34:36 +0000 Ben Bradford 41013 at http://wfae.org 8 Carolina Bus Companies Closed In Federal Crackdown 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