Charlotte Area Transit System

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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.

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).
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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.
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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.
CATS

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.

City of Charlotte

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.

CATS has cut some bus routes and added others so fewer riders have to pass through the Transit Center uptown.
Charlotte Area Transit System

With last week's opening of the Lynx Blue Line Extension, Charlotte Area Transit System on Monday discontinued some bus routes and revised others so they connect with the light rail.

From left, Carolina Diaz, Eliana Diaz and Omar Cortes rode the Blue Line in northeast Charlotte on the first day.
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Trains were packed on the Lynx Blue Line Extension Friday morning as the $1.2 billion light rail line opened to the public for the first time. There was lots of pomp and circumstance, including ribbon cuttings, confetti cannons and free "First To Ride" T-shirts.

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