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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Judy Dellert-O'Keef 704-432-0477

CATS ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONE IN THE FEDERAL PROCESS

Charlotte, N.C., October 6, 2011 - Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) invites the public to come out and comment on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) light rail project. The proposed project is a 9.4 mile extension of the existing light rail line from Center City Charlotte to UNC Charlotte, with 11 proposed stations. Completing the Final EIS is a vital step for projects competing for federal funding with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Final EIS addresses the potential transportation and environmental impacts of a proposed project, responds to comments on the Draft EIS and describes planned mitigation measures.

CATS will host a public meeting on October 11, which will include a presentation followed by an open house. Attendees can view real estate and environmental maps as well as station area plans and ask questions one-on-one with the BLE project team. The public review and comment period of the Final EIS runs until October 27, 2011. We encourage members of the community to attend the public meeting to see if and how mass transit may affect their neighborhood, said Danny Rogers, CATS BLE Project Director. Approval of the Final EIS is a major milestone in the FTA process and puts CATS one step closer to reaching Charlotte's vision of using light rail to connect the South and Northeast corridors.

Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church
101 West Sugar Creek Road, Fellowship Hall
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Copies of the Final EIS are available for review online and at CATS main offices, at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (ninth floor). You may also find copies at several local library branches. Click here for the complete list. To learn more about CATS and transit planning, please call 704-336-7433 or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.

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