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IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             
Contact:  Jean Leier (704) 432-0496

CATS HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED FARE INCREASE

Charlotte, N.C., March 10, 2010 - A public hearing on Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) proposed fare increase will be held on March 24, 2010, at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, located at 600 East Fourth Street.  The hearing will take place at the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) meeting in Room 267 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  To sign up for the hearing, call 704-432-0872 or 704-336-7245 or sign up by e-mail at mtcinterest@charlottenc.gov before 3:00 p.m. on March 24.

CATS current fare policy recommends a fare increase every two years for local bus service (see attached).  “CATS has proposed a 25 cent increase in local transit fare,” said Carolyn Flowers, CEO of CATS.  “This increase is needed to keep pace with the cost of providing transit service.  Without a fare increase it will be difficult to keep our current level of service for our customers.”  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 October 2008. 
 
To learn more about the proposed fare increase or CATS services, visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE.

SERVICE TYPE

Current Fares
 

Proposed Fares

July 1, 2010

Local

$1.50

$1.75

LYNX

$1.50

$1.75

Express routes within Mecklenburg County

$2.00

$2.40

Express Plus routes to neighboring Counties

$3.00

$3.50

STS (ADA Service)

$2.40

$2.80

Reverse Commute Express

$1.50

$1.75

Gold Rush

FREE

FREE

Village Riders, Beatties Ford, Eastland, Hidden Valley and other neighborhood services

60¢

70¢

Charlotte Trolley

$1.50

$1.75

People 62 years and up, people with disabilities, with a valid Transit ID or Medicare card. (Local/LYNX/Express/Express Plus) 

 

75¢/75¢/$1.00/$1.50

 

85¢/85¢/$1.20/$1.75

Children 5 and under, accompanied by an adult

FREE

FREE

Youth/Student (grades K-12) with a valid school or Transit ID (Children 12 and under are to be accompanied by an adult)

(Local/LYNX/Express/Express Plus)

75¢/75¢/1.00¢/$1.50

85¢/85¢/$1.20/$1.75

PASSES/TICKETS

 

 

Weekly Pass*

$15.00

$17.50

Monthly Pass*

$60.00

$70.00

Express Monthly Pass*

$80.00

$93.00

Express Plus Monthly Pass*

$120.00

$140.00

STS Monthly Pass*

$96.00

$112.00

Senior /ADA Local Monthly Pass***

$30.00

$35.00

Senior/ADA Express Monthly Pass***

$40.00

$46.50

Senior/ADA Express Plus Monthly Pass***

$60.00

$70.00

10-Ride Local Pass**

$12.75

$15.00

10-Ride Express Pass**

$17.00

$20.00

10-Ride Express Plus pass**

$25.50

$30.00

10-Ride ADA Pass

People 62 years and up & people with disabilities, with a valid Transit ID or Medicare card.

$7.50

$8.50

STS Yellow Tickets (Book of 10)

$24.00

$28.00

TRANSFERS

 

 

Local/LYNX to Express

50¢

65¢

Local/LYNX to Express Plus 

$1.50

$1.75

Express to Express Plus

$1.00

$1.10

From Community Shuttle to Local/LYNX

90¢

$1.05

From Community Shuttle to Express 

$1.40

$1.70

From Community Shuttle to Express Plus 

$2.40

$2.80

From Community Shuttle to Community Shuttle

FREE

FREE

*indicates unlimited rides

 

 

**pass already discounted, not available for further discounts

 

 

***unlimited rides and not available for further discounts