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Press Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Judy Dellert-O’Keef (704) 432-0477

SEVERAL SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS COMING SOON FOR CATS CUSTOMERS
Schedule changes and fare increase

Charlotte, N.C., June 18, 2010 - Beginning June 28, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will make adjustments to several routes to improve efficiencies for its customers.  “By continually monitoring our bus routes and ridership trends, we are better able to meet the commuting needs of our customers as they change over time,” said Larry Kopf, CATS Chief Operations Planning Officer. 

Some of the changes taking effect June 28 include:

11 North Tryon - Minor schedule adjustments will go into effect due to construction of the US29/NC49 intersection roadway construction project.

17 Commonwealth - Saturday service will be extended to the Matthews-Independence Pointe Park and Ride lot across from Windsor Square. 

22 Graham Street - Saturday and Sunday service will be extended to the Prosperity Church Senior Center.

25 Clanton Road/Midtown - Service will be extended to Elizabeth Avenue near Central Piedmont Community College main campus. 

74X Union County Express - Service to Marshville will be discontinued.

88X Mountain Island Express - Service will no longer operate to Lincoln County.  Trips will begin at the Callabridge Commons Shopping Center.  A regular express fare will apply to the new route.

The Charlotte Trolley hourly service on the weekends will be discontinued.  The Lynx Blue Line will continue to operate as an alternative.

Here is a complete listing of all the June service changes

Starting July 1, customers will see a 25 cent fare increase for local routes and approximately a 16.7 percent increase for all other fares.  The local bus routes and train fare will adjust from $1.50 each ride to $1.75.  Click here to see the complete listing of new fares. “The fare increase was needed for CATS to maintain the core transit services currently provided to our customers.  CATS fares continue to compare favorably to other transit systems,” said CATS’ Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Flowers.  This fare increase is in accordance with the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) Fare Policy which authorizes a fare increase every two years.  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 CATS and its services, call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.