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CATS Begins Blue Line Extension Testing

Jun 8, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

You may see Blue Line Extension trains going up and down North Tryon, but they’re not picking up passengers, Charlotte Area Transit is just testing the tracks.

A bicycle commuter on Commonwealth Avenue in Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Do you drive to and from work in the Charlotte area? Several local groups are promoting a bit of a competition this month called the Clean Commute Challenge. Charlotte Area Transit System, Sustain Charlotte and Charlotte Air Awareness are asking drivers to look for alternatives during the month of June.   

CATS Adds 11 New 'Luxury' Buses

Jun 1, 2017
The new CATS commuter buses are more comfortable
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The Charlotte Area Transit System is adding to its fleet of what it calls "luxury" buses. The 11 new buses are like Greyhound buses. They have cushioned seats that recline, LED lights, and overhead storage. These buses will serve the longer routes, typically express routes, that average 30 miles.

Work is nearly complete on the Blue Line's McCullough station on North Tryon Street, near Harris Boulevard.
David Boraks / WFAE

Construction on the Lynx Blue Line Extension is hitting some final milestones.  The last round of paving will begin this week on North Tryon Street next to the light rail line. And don’t be surprised if you start to see trains testing soon.

Sarah Delia

Residents and businesses along Charlotte’s light rail blue line extension received some bad news this week. The 9-mile line from uptown to UNC Charlotte won’t be opening in August as planned. It’s been delayed until next March. Businesses and residents in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood took the news especially hard as they saw August as the light at the end of a massive construction tunnel.

CATS CEO John Lewis announced the bus system overhaul at the Transit Center uptown Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

CATS announced Monday a seven-month delay for the opening of the light rail Blue Line Extension from uptown to UNC-Charlotte. The line is now scheduled to open next March.  The completion will wrap up more than a decade of work on the light rail line. So what's next for Charlotte Area Transit System? Three more transit lines to be built all at once, says CATS CEO John Lewis. At least that’s his goal. WFAE's David Boraks has more.

CATS CEO John Lewis announced the bus system overhaul at the Transit Center uptown Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System has begun planning for an overhaul of the region's bus system. CATS CEO John Lewis says the goal of the Envision My Ride effort is to reach more people, increase the frequency of buses, and cut travel times.

Charlotte Area Transit System

The price you’ll pay to ride Charlotte Area Transit is going up in some cases, but CATS is not calling it a fare increase. The price of an individual ride is not going up, but the price of weekly passes is increasing from $22 to $30.80. CATS is also doing away with discounts on several 10-ride passes and reducing some volume discounts for people who buy transit passes through their employers.

David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System will shut down the Lynx Blue Line light rail for two weekends over the next month for construction and repairs.  Blue Line trains won’t be running on Saturdays and Sundays, April 30-May 1, and May 7-8.

It’s the first complete shutdown since the Blue Line opened in 2007, CATS CEO John Lewis said Monday.

Charlotte Area Transit System

Charlotte Observer

The cost of fares and some passes for city buses and trains could go up in July as Charlotte Area Transit Systems looks for ways to boost revenue to meet operating costs.

CATS has proposed two options for fee increases for fares and passes. The public can comment on those proposals at a public hearing March 23. If approved by the Metropolitan Transit Commission, fares would change July 1.

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