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Transportation
1:22 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

CATS Proposes Fare Increase

CATS bus
Credit Charlotte Area Transit System

Public transit riders may soon see the cost of a ticket go up between $.10 to $0.40 for a single fare and from $0.85 to $16.00 for a multiple use pass. Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) manager of public and community relations, Jean Leier, says the increase would help keep the current operating hours and levels of service.

"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."

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Transportation
2:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

CATS Map Will Help Navigate Light Rail Extension Traffic

A map was released by the city today that displays road and lane closures, bus detours and turning restrictions during construction of the 9.3 mile blue line light rail extension. The website URL is www.CharlotteFuture.com.
Credit CATS

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 map available to give commuters a heads up on road and lane closures and turning restrictions during construction.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Construction On Blue Line Extension Will Begin 2014

There will be 11 station stops between the 7th Street station in uptown up to UNC Charlotte.
CATS

Bulldozers have been clawing at the sides of North Tryon for months now to make way for the Blue Line light rail extension.  

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.


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Transportation
9:32 am
Mon December 9, 2013

CATS Bus Drivers Avoid Strike, Win Pay Raise

CATS says they were very happy a strike was avoided with a tentative three-year contract deal.
Credit City of Charlotte

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. 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.

The two sides were able to find a compromise on scheduling issues and seniority. 

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Local News
2:59 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Charlotte Loses Out To Kansas City Streetcar In Federal Grant Competition

Kansas City's 2-mile streetcar project secured $20 million - the largest grant - in the latest round of federal TIGER funds. Charlotte's request for $25 million was rejected, but CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers says the loss is 'not fatal' to the project.
Credit kcstreetcar.org

Charlotte's streetcar project is not dead, but its future is in limbo after the city's initial federal funding application was denied.  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.


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Local News
4:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Charlotte B-Cycle Launches Partnership With CATS, Offers Discounted Memberships

Credit Charlotte B-Cycle

Starting Tuesday, there’s a cheaper way to join Charlotte’s bike sharing program, B-Cycle. The non-profit is partnering with the Charlotte Area Transit System to offer discounted memberships. 


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Local News
9:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

City Produces Another Artistic Endeavor (Flash Mob)

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.

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Local News
7:52 am
Mon December 17, 2012

City Mulls Ads At Light Rail Stations

Are ads coming soon to Charlotte light rail stations? Transit officials hope so.
Credit Charlotte Area Transit System

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.  

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.

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Local News
12:03 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Light Rail To UNC Charlotte Gets $580 Million Federal Boost

Charlotte Mayor Foxx and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff shake hands after signing a "Full Funding Grant Agreement" for the Blue Line Extension.
Julie Rose

Charlotte officials say this gift from the Federal Transit Administration is the single largest federal grant the city's ever received: $580 million.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff traveled from D.C. to bring news of what city leaders have expected for several months now.

That hasn't always been the case, though.

"This project was on life support back in 2009," says Mayor Anthony Foxx.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Final Funding For Blue Line Extension Expected In 30 Days

charmeck.org

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.

But Danny Rogers - the Blue Line Extension's project manager for the city - says all the funding is nearly in place.

"Right now we're just waiting on the full-funding grant agreement - FTA recommended and has approved it, pending the congressional review," says Rogers.

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