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N.C. CATS, feds break ground on streetcar expansion

The second phase of the 2.5-mile expansion will improve circulation and transit connections; support economic revitalization; provide access from economically diverse neighborhoods to Uptown Charlotte; and more.

U.S. DOT unveils progress of 7 cities' 'game-changing' projects

Goals of the "Ladders of Opportunity" pilot were to build and restore transportation connections, develop workforce capacity, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization in Atlanta; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Phoenix; and Richmond, Va.

CATS to spend $1.5M to study rail line to airport

Ten years ago, the agency had a general concept of building a streetcar along Wilkinson Boulevard toward the city's airport, but CATS CEO John Lewis wants a more detailed study to determine whether that’s the best option.

Charlotte approves $94M streetcar construction contract

The city had hoped to award the contract earlier this year, but the two bids received exceeded the city’s budget for construction work — one by more than 30% and one by nearly 40% — before the city found a firm that could meet its budget.

N.C.'s CATS to drop 15% discount on 10-day passes

The agency has offered the discount on 10-ride passes for several years, but the Metropolitan Transit Commission, which oversees operations, voted in April to eliminate the discount beginning July 1.

Q&A: Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Lewis

Lewis is leading the agency through a significant stage of growth to construct the LYNX Blue Line Light Rail Extension and advance the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 streetcar through final design and into construction.

CATS expanding, integrating transit services for diverse, thriving city

The Charlotte Area Transit System, the largest transit system between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., operates over 316 buses on over 70 local, express and regional bus routes. Providing over 25 million customer trips each year, CATS has added light rail and streetcar service, which has increased ridership exponentially.

When Creating A Transit Safety App, Ease of Use is Key

Nowadays, there’s an app for everything. Very few of those apps can turn an everyday transit rider into a hero who summons help for a person in distress. A routine ride on your transit system can be suddenly disrupted if you witness an assault, a crime in progress or a medical emergency. That is why apps designed for public safety must take all imaginable scenarios into consideration.