Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly known as CATS. It operates bus and rail service around the Charlotte area, including the LYNX Blue Line and the streetcar line called CityLYNX Gold Line.

Aerial view shows Wilkinson Boulevard in downtown Belmont heading east toward the airport and uptown Charlotte.
Charlotte Area Transit System

It's still years in the future, but a proposed rail line from uptown Charlotte to the airport now has a preferred route: along Wilkinson Boulevard. That plan was announced Wednesday evening, and officials say it may also go well beyond the airport to Gaston County.  

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The Charlotte Area Transit System unveiled Wednesday new details about its 2030 transit plan, which includes linking two new light-rail lines through uptown and expanding bus-rapid transit along Interstate 77.

The Gold Line phase 2 project adds stops west of uptown and east of the current terminus at Hawthorne Avenue and Fifth Street.

Construction has halted on the Hawthorne Avenue bridge over Independence Boulevard that's part of the city's Gold Line streetcar extension project. Charlotte Area Transit system says steel girders were made the wrong size.

Steve Harrison

When Charlotte Area Transit System was building the $1.1 billion light rail extension, the transit system projected the entire 19-mile line would carry about 33,500 passengers on a weekday, in the first year. The train is supposed to keep increasing passengers each year after that.

Charlotte Fire Department responded to a multi-vehicle accident involving a CATS bus Wednesday morning.
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The Charlotte Fire Department responded to a multi-vehicle accident involving a CATS bus near uptown Wednesday morning. 

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After more than four years of construction, 36th Street reopened Thursday evening between North Tryon and North Davidson streets in the NoDa neighborhood.

CATS Blue Line train

Service on the LYNX Blue Line will return to normal beginning Monday morning, Charlotte Area Transit System says. 

A tree and utility line remain down on a street in Plaza Midwood.
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Updated Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
It could be a week before full light rail and streetcar service is restored in Charlotte, due to damage caused by Hurricane Michael last Thursday. Meanwhile, the city says at least 50 streets remain completely or partially blocked. 

View from a train at 36th Street Station in NoDa
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A street connecting two busy north Charlotte roads in NODA will remain closed at least through October 31.


The Charlotte Area Transit System will make service adjustments on more than 20 bus routes, changing the transit schedule for those routes beginning Oct.1.

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It's been five months since the light rail extension debuted in north Charlotte. The $1.2 billion project was heralded as the future of Charlotte transportation and a step toward avoiding traffic congestion. But some drivers say the extension has made traffic worse, particularly along North Tryon Street. 

A LYNX Blue Line Train at 9th Street Station uptown. CATS is trying to figure out how to pay for expanding the transit system north, west and southeast of uptown.

The head of Charlotte Area Transit System says property owners and other private partners will be needed to help pay for the estimated $6-8 billion in transit projects he wants to complete by 2030.

A conceptual drawing of what the Gateway Station could look like, from a November study.
Charlotte Area Transit System

City officials say they'll will seek proposals later this summer for a mixed-use "station district" development next to passenger rail tracks now under construction uptown.  A private developer could be chosen by the end of the year.

Phase 1 of the project begins this summer, and will include track and bridge work, including a 2,000-foot platform.
Charlotte Area Transit System

City officials will break ground Friday morning on a project that eventually will bring passenger trains downtown for the first time since 1962.  Work is already underway on the $90 million first phase of the Gateway Station. 

New lines would expand the Lynx system north and west of Charlotte. CATS plans meetings on how to link new lines with existing ones, including the Lynx Blue Line (photo).

Charlotte Area Transit System is considering new options for extending transit lines north and west of the city, and for tying them all together with existing lines uptown. There are a few surprises.

A LYNX Blue Line Train at 9th Street Station uptown. CATS is trying to figure out how to pay for expanding the transit system north, west and southeast of uptown.

Charlotte Area Transit System says damage to overhead power lines early Monday morning has interrupted service on the Blue Line light rail between UNC Charlotte and McCullough stations in northeast Charlotte.  

CATS lost about $3.2 million in state funding for public transit in the new state budget.

State funding for public transportation was cut 26 percent in the budget passed last month by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That has local agencies like Charlotte Area Transit System scrambling to replace the funds.

Charlotte Area Transit System plans changes to 20 bus routes in October.
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Charlotte Area Transit System plans a series of public meetings over the next three weeks on bus route changes that take effect in October.  

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Fewer people are using public transit in Charlotte. The drop has been noticeable over several months. For example, in February, the Charlotte Area Transit System’s ridership fell 20 percent compared with February of 2017. Nearly all other major cities are also seeing drops, but not as steep as Charlotte’s, according to federal data analyzed by TransitCenter, an advocacy group.

CATS bus
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Charlotte Area Transit System has announced a four-month delay of its plan to discontinue a bus route from north Charlotte to Charlotte-Douglas Airport.