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Contact:  Azania Herron 704-432-2549

CAROLYN FLOWERS RECEIVES OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD

Charlotte, N.C., June 14, 2011 - Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) CEO Carolyn Flowers has been named a top 25 Outstanding Business Woman by the Charlotte Business Journal. Flowers will receive her award at the 15th annual Women in Business Achievement Awards on June 16 at the Charlotte Convention Center.  The award is given to professional women who have lead special projects, developed new products and helped their business to stand out among other factors.

Within less than 16 months of arriving at CATS, Flowers has secured support from Washington, D.C. for the LYNX Blue Line Extension, garnered several visits to Charlotte by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and sought new funding sources for the organization through advertising.  

Flowers additionally revamped the long-term regional transportation plan, which allowed for the advancement of two major corridors by reducing the project scope of the BLE by $200 million and seeking private public partnerships for the advancement of the Red Line commuter rail.  She is successfully preparing CATS for advancement of its transit system while maintaining its current levels of service, focus on safety and a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating, all while maintaining a budget with sales tax receipts down 20 percent.
 
Flowers has almost 20 years experience working for transit agencies including CATS and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).  “In my transit career, my biggest motivator is being able to contribute to the community and deliver a safe, reliable and expanded transit network,” Flowers said.  “Maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders and knowing there is always something to learn on this journey helps me do the best job I can each day.”

To learn more about CATS and its services, call 704-336-7433 or visit www.ridetransit.org.