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Transportation
8:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

CATS Offers Two New Express Bus Routes To Charlotte Airport

The Route 590 Airport Connector will run from Northlake Mall's Park & Ride lot to the airport via I-485.
Credit CATS

There's a lot of construction going on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are also fewer parking spaces. So finding parking is not easy.   

But to make it a little easier, airport and transit officials will begin offering two new express bus routes to the airport starting Monday. 


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Transportation
3:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

DMV Eliminates Written Exam For Licensed Drivers

Governor Pat McCrory checks out a self-serve kiosk at a new DMV office in Huntersville. Starting May 1, the written exam is no longer required for licensed drivers.
Credit Courtesy of NCDOT

Governor Pat McCrory was in Huntersville on Thursday 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.

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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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Making Charlotte A Global Hub

A sign welcoming visitors to Charlotte at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Credit Ken Lund / flickr

Charlotte area business and economic leaders continue to work towards making Charlotte a major global hub, with the new intermodal 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 Charlotteans? We’ll ask our panel of experts, including Charlotte’s mayor, Patrick Cannon. 

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Transportation
5:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

DMV May Eliminate Written Exam For Licensed Drivers

A counter at the DMV office in the University City area. The current average wait time at North Carolina DMV offices is between 20 and 50 minutes.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

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. 


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Transportation
10:10 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Concord Seeks Overpass To Concord Mills Mall

The interchange near Concord Mills mall is the most congested section of highway in Cabarrus County, according to the city's transportation department.
Credit Simon Property Group

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 Cabarrus County.

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.

Concord's transportation director Joe Wilson says it's critical to ease congestion for all the visitors to the Concord Mills Mall. Forty-two thousand cars pass through Concord Mills Boulevard every day.

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Local News
9:34 am
Fri December 13, 2013

8 Carolina Bus Companies Closed In Federal Crackdown

Federal transportation officials say DAPTCO Motor Coach Services in Greensboro, N.C. reopened after correcting multiple safety violations.
Credit DAPTCO Motor Coach Services

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.


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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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