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IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
Contact:  Jean Leier 704-432-0496

CATS NAMED SAFEST TRANSIT SYSTEM IN STATE
STS Wins Title for Third Year in a Row

Charlotte, N.C., May 27, 2011 - The North Carolina Public Transportation Association (NCPTA) has awarded the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus Operations Division (BOD) and Special Transportation Service (STS) top honors as the safest transit system in the state.  This award is given to an urban transit system that travels over one million miles a year and has excellent performance in traffic and passenger safety. 

STS received top honors as the safest Urban Dial-A-Ride system in the state for the third year in a row.  STS buses provided 234,730 rides and traveled 2.8 million miles in FY2010, while maintaining a preventable accident rate of  0.36 per 100,000 miles.  CATS’ BOD buses traveled over 12.8 million miles last year and maintained a preventable accident rate of 0.40 per 100,000 miles. These performance indicators for bus and paratransit services exceeded industry standards. 

“This attention to safety has helped CATS dramatically decrease its accident rate, achieving a 27 percent reduction over the last three years,” said Carolyn Flowers, CEO of CATS.  “This statewide recognition highlights the efforts of our Operators and the safe service they provide every day to our customers.”  

STS also brought home the team trophy in the 2011 State Bus Roadeo contest for the fifth year in a row. The STS team consisted of Henry Minnet, Janine Miller and Tawanda Buckhalter.  Minnet also took first place in the individual competition. 
To learn more about CATS and its services call 704-336-7433 or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.