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Carolyn Flowers
Carolyn Flowers
Chief Executive Officer
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Carolyn Flowers joined CATS in January 2010 as Director of Public Transit for the City of Charlotte and Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS).  As CEO of CATS, Carolyn Flowers is leading one of the nations' most revered transit systems responsible for the county-wide transit planning and management of the regional transit system.    Carolyn is engaged in the advancement of a multiple rapid transit line system, expansion of regional bus services, para-transit, vanpools and other human transportation services funded through a voter approved half-cent sales tax.

John Muth
John Muth
Deputy Director for Development and
Chief Development Officer
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Development Division
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Under John M. Muth, Deputy Director for Development and Chief Development Officer, the Development Division of CATS has the lead in planning for and creating Charlotte's rapid transit system.  Now in the early stages of a 25-year, $3 billon development effort, the rapid transit system will include bus rapid transit guideways, light rail transit, streetcar lines, and commuter rail services, and will be an integral part of an overall transit system that will serve over four times as many transit riders as the system did in 2001.  The Division also oversees the planning and implementation of Neighborhood Transit Centers, Park 'N Ride lots, and the bus stop facilities program (signs, benches, shelters, and other passenger amenities).  The Division interacts with local, State and Federal agencies; participates in regional long range transportation planning;  conducts public involvement and community relation activities for rapid transit planning;  represent transit interests in City, County, and Town policy development; directs the CATS Art-In-Transit program and manages CATS wide Quality initiatives.


Dee Pereira
Dee Pereira
Assistant Director and Chief Financial Officer
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Administration Division
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The Administration Division headed by Dymphna Pereira develops and manages CATS' annual budgets, State and Federal grants, external financing and human resources activities within the Public Transit Department. The Administration Division also provides procurement and contract administration services ensuring CATS compliance with Federal, State and local procurement laws and regulations.

Olaf Kinard
Olaf Kinard
Director of Marketing & Communications, Assistant Director of Public Transit
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Marketing & Communications Division
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Olaf Kinard heads up the division responsible for Marketing, Communications and Technology,  which promotes community relations, develops communications, and marketing programs to increase ridership for CATS and for information technology planning and implementation. The Marketing division manages all of CATS' customer service activities, including the Customer Service information line, which handles trip planning, comments, queries and  complaints from the public; all pass sales and customer information needs at the transit center, conducts extensive market research to ensure CATS' continued ability to meet customer needs; conducts public involvement and community relations activities, manages the Employee Transportation Coordinator program; and manages media relations for CATS.

Larry Kopf

Larry Kopf

Chief Operations Planning Officer

Assistant Director of Public Transit

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Larry Kopf leads the Bus Operation division responsible for bus service, transit service for the disabled, and vanpool services. With a focus on customer service, staff in this division provides over 20 million rides each year to residents of Charlotte and the surrounding counties. Responsibilities include short-range planning projects, such as the Countywide Transit Services Plan, designed to adjust services as appropriate to meet the changing needs of the population. Operations staff also handles fleet planning and maintenance, bus and light rail scheduling, and coordinates with other divisions in long range planning.

Allen Smith

Allen Smith

General Manager Rail Operations

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Allen Smith is the General Manager for the LYNX light rail system. The LYNX light rail division is responsible for operating and maintaining the light rail services, rail cars, track, signal, traction power and maintenance of way systems. The rail division works closely with rail safety to ensure and provide a safe service. The light rail division also collaborates in all phases of development of light rail line expansion and future streetcar rail services and CATS wide facilities management.