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CATS Proposes Fare Increase

Mar 19, 2014
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."

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. On the city's website, a map displays the future station stops of the 9.3 mile extension with icons displaying road blocks. When you...

Construction On Blue Line Extension Will Begin 2014

Dec 11, 2013
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.

CATS Bus Drivers Avoid Strike, Win Pay Raise

Dec 9, 2013
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. "CATS is very elated that McDonald...

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.

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.

City Produces Another Artistic Endeavor (Flash Mob)

Jun 14, 2013
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. CORRECTION APPENDED On Thursday, to promote its annual “Clear the Air” initiative, CATS hired a local youth arts non-profit, Inspire the Fire, to put on a “flash mob.” Inspire the Fire was featured on a recent season of America’s Got Talent. About twenty children wearing Clear the Air T-shirts danced in unison to popular...

City Mulls Ads At Light Rail Stations

Dec 17, 2012
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. "We saw our tax receipts dip during that time," says Leier. "We are...

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. Revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for transit had fallen and Congress ended its habit of allowing...

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. That approval...

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