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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496 
        
LYNX LIGHT RAIL VEHICLE MAKES A STOP IN ATLANTA

Charlotte, N.C., January 20, 2010 - As a brand new light rail vehicle for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) LYNX Blue Line makes its way to the Queen City from Sacramento, California, it’s stopping in Atlanta for a couple days for residents and leaders to get a first-hand  look at light rail technology and climb aboard.  “The transit industry is continually looking at ways to provide alternatives to driving cars and creating a greener environment for its communities,” said Carolyn Flowers, CATS CEO.  “Having the LYNX Blue Line vehicle stop in Atlanta provides an opportunity to share this technology with a transit partner as they research new ideas to move commuters around the Atlanta Metro area.” 

This vehicle is the first of four additional light rail vehicles that CATS will have delivered between now and the end of March to accommodate ridership that has exceeded expectations.  Since the LYNX Blue Line opened in November 2007, more than 10.2 million trips have been taken on Charlotte’s first rapid transit line.  The light rail system has an on-time performance of 99 percent and only one preventable accident in over two years of operation, the safest new-start light rail system in the country in recent history. 

Light rail continues to be a catalyst for development in Charlotte.  Projected new development along the line is expected to reach $1.45 billion by 2013.  Additional tax revenue generated by this development is estimated at $18.8 million for the city and county. These additional tax revenues can be invested in police, fire, education, roads and other non-transit related programs.

The CATS LYNX Blue Line vehicle will be on display at Centennial Olympic Park along Andrew Young International Boulevard in Atlanta on Thursday, January 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Friday, January 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To learn more about CATS and rapid transit planning call (704) 336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org.