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79xx13ConcordMillsExpressHundredsofNASCARfansletCATSdothedrivingtothetworacesthatoccurinMayandOctoberattheCharlotteMotorSpeedway.Ridershipincreased35.7percentoverlastyearfortheMayraces.InOctobertheCharlotteMotorSpeedwayusedwrappedbusestohelppromotetheracewhileprovidingCATSwithanewrevenuesource.FY2007-FY2012CountywideServicesPlanReviewAsCATSenteredthefinalyearofthecurrentCountywideTransitServicesPlanstaffconducted32meetingsthroughoutthecommunityinpreparationtoupdatetheplantocoverFY2013-FY2018.Theplanisdesignedtoprovideguidanceoverafive-yearperiodtohelpmakedecisionsrelatedtonewbusroutesadjustmentstoexistingbusroutesandlocationsofnewparkandridelotsandortransitcenters.Thepublicx19sinputwillplayanimportantroleindesigningservicesthatmeettheirtransportationneedsandindevelopingservicesthatbestservetheregion.SpecialTransportationServiceSTSOurSpecialTransportationServiceexperiencedafive-foldincreaseinthenumberofADAFunctionalAssessmentsreceivedduetochangesandresourceconstraintsatotherlocalhumanservicesagenciesandproviders.ManyformertransportationclientsofthehumanservicesagenciesarenowcertifiedaseligibletorideSTS.AlthoughSTSdidnotexperienceanincreaseinridershipfortheyearitdidhaveanincreaseinADArelatedtripsintheADAservicearealeavinglesscapacitytoprovidetripsoutsideoftherequiredADAservicearea.Evenwiththeincreaseincustomersweremaincommittedtohelpingthosewithdisabilitiesstayconnectedtothecommunitiesinwhichtheyliveworkandplay.Itisalsoimportantthatwedeliverthesecitizenstotheirdestinationssafelyandcomfortably.CATSwasabletodothatwiththepurchaseof20newSTSvehicles.WiththehelpoftheCleanFuelsGrantprogramwhichsupportsemergingcleanfuelandadvancedpropulsiontechnologyfortransitbusesCATSreplacedolderless-efficientSTSvehicleswithvehiclesthatemit56percentlesscarbondioxidegetmoremilespergallononlyrequirepreventativemaintenanceevery10000milesandhaveanincreasedlifespanuptosevenyearsand200000miles.9AnewlywrappedbusmakesalapontheCharlotteMotorSpeedway.