June 26, 2014
CATS EXTENDS BUS SERVICE TO NEW CHARLOTTE PREMIUM OUTLETS
Fare Increase Begins July 1
Charlotte, NC ─ Beginning Monday, June 30, riders will see several changes to the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus routes. Employees getting ready to open the new Charlotte Premium Outlets near Steele Creek Road can now take Route 55 Westinghouse bus service to get to work. When the outlets open on July 31, shoppers can take advantage of public transportation and not worry about finding a parking spot or being caught in traffic. New weekend service will also be added on both Saturday and Sunday on Route 55. Direct trips between the Sharon Road West LYNX Station and Westlake Drive will continue to operate weekdays.
Here are some additional upcoming changes:
Sprinter Airport – Service leaving the Airport will turn onto Wilkinson Boulevard from Harlee Road. The shelter on Wilkinson Boulevard at Little Rock Road will no longer be served. Customers boarding at Little Rock may instead use the outbound stop on Little Rock Road and continue to the Airport. This change is necessary due to Airport Entrance Road construction and the resulting traffic pattern changes between the Airport and Wilkinson Boulevard.
6 Kings Drive – Outbound service will follow East Third Street to McDowell Street. This routing matches recent detours for CityLYNX Gold Line construction. Outbound Route 6 will serve bus stops at 3rd and Davidson, and 3rd and McDowell.
45X Carmel Road Express – Outbound service will continue past Charlottetowne Avenue on East Third Street, and will operate on Queens Road between Third and Fourth Streets. Two bus stops on East Fourth Street, one at Torrence Street, and the other at Queens Road, will be discontinued. Customers boarding at Torrence Street may use the bus stop on East Third Street at Cherry Street. Customers boarding at Queens Road may use the bus stop on East Fourth Street and Hawthorne Lane. All other stops remain unchanged.
99 Huntersville Village Rider – Northbound routing between Northlake Mall and Huntersville Gateway will change slightly around Bryton Town Center (Huntersville Wal-Mart). Two stops will be located on Bryton Town Center to the side of Wal-Mart. Customers traveling to Northlake from Wal-Mart should continue to use the existing stop on the same side of the street as Wal-Mart. Customers traveling to Huntersville Gateway from Wal-Mart should use the new stop on the opposite side of the street.
On Tuesday, July 1, CATS fare increase goes into effect. Local fare will now be $2.20 for a one-way ride. Fares on other CATS services will be adjusted accordingly. The MTC adopted a fare policy in 2001. The objectives of this fare policy include making transit simple and convenient, encouraging ridership through affordability and meeting mandated financial goals. The previous fare increase occurred in July 2012.
For a complete list of schedule changes, visit www.ridetransit.org. For additional information about CATS and its services, you may also call Customer Service at 704-336-7433.