Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

Charlotte, NC 28202


About Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)


600 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

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Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) offers over 70 local, express and regional bus routes, a light rail line, services for the disabled and vanpools.

Products and Press Releases

Safety & Security

CATS receives Gold Standard Award from TSA

April 5, 2024
The Gold Standard Award is the highest level of recognition TSA can give to a transit agency for achieving top scores during an annual review of 17 categories of security and ...
Via Transportation
Shared Mobility

CAT partnering with Via on low-emission microtransit pilot program

Aug. 17, 2023
The service, tentatively called MicroCAT, will provide app-based, on-demand rides by using technology to better connect riders with CAT's system and services.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

CATS receives $30 million federal grant for sustainable fleet updates

Aug. 7, 2023
CATS plans to use the $30 million grant to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including technological changes...
City of Charlotte
A screenshot from the Metropolitan Transit Commission meeting where $5 million were approved to advance the CATS LYNX Red Line project.

Charlotte area’s MTC advances LYNX Red Line

Sept. 30, 2022
MTC approved an amendment to the FY2023 capital plan that will allocate $5 million toward the project for outreach, design and alignment development.
Mobile Applications

CATS now offers fare capping on its CATS-Pass app

Sept. 22, 2022
Fare capping is a flexible, cost-saving option that rewards customers with a monthly pass once they have paid $88 in eligible fares through the app.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

Charlotte Area Transit System, eTransEnergy announce electric bus partnership

April 28, 2021
This collaboration will kick-off a 12-to-18-month pilot program to test 18 electric bus vehicles from three different manufacturers.

CATS and CDOT launch shared bus-bike lane pilot and floating bus stop platform pilot

Dec. 11, 2019
The pilot aims to improve travel times, reliability and safety for bus riders and cyclists.

Articles & News

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Competitive pay helps with recruitment at Maryland Transit Administration, Charlotte Area Transit System

June 8, 2023
Pay increases for operators within Maryland Transit Administration’s system and CATS’ paratransit services are supporting wider recruitment efforts at the agencies.
CATS Interim CEO Brent Cagle speaks during a May 24 media briefing with updates on safety efforts in place at the authority.
Safety & Security

CATS provides update to shooting incident, safety efforts

May 25, 2023
While both the bus operator and passenger involved in the shooting are expected to recover from their injuries, the operator is out of a job and the passenger has been banned ...
Charlotte Area Transit System
John Lewis.

Developing a Partnership with Ride-Sourcing Services

Aug. 15, 2016
Finding ways to solve the first and last mile connectivity challenge is key to our ability as an industry to expand our ridership base.
CATS Sprinter bus service.

An Enhanced Option: CATS Sprinter

May 17, 2016
An enhanced CATS bus route gets travelers and workers between downtown and the airport.

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CATS Launches SpokeHub Platform for Mobile Devices

Nov. 7, 2018
Charlotte Area Transit System has launched SpokeHub, a mobile app that utilizes Augmented Reality (AR) to engage in two-way communication with riders.
Car Sharing

Lyft Challenges Charlotte Residents to Ditch Their Car for 30 Days

Sept. 26, 2018
Ridesharing has already changed the way Americans depend on owning a car and how we get around cities — but now it’s time to take an even bolder step toward creating a new future...

City of Charlotte, CATS, and UNC Charlotte to Participate in National Rail Safety Week September 23 - 29

Sept. 25, 2018
Charlotte Area Transit System will join Operation Lifesaver, UNC Charlotte, the city of Charlotte and rail systems across the country in celebrating Rail Safety Week Sept. 23-...

Charlotte’s New Light Rail Extension Increases Rail Ridership by 48 Percent

April 23, 2018
The LYNX Blue Line light rail service experienced a 48 percent increase in ridership with the opening of the Blue Line Extension.

CATS Announces First Mile / Last Mile Partnership with Lyft

April 9, 2018
The Charlotte Area Transit System has announced a pilot program with Lyft, the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the US, and Passport, the developer of CATSPass...

CATS to Launch Online Comment Map for Envision My Ride Initiative

March 12, 2018
The Charlotte Area Transit System has announced the launch of an online comment map for Envision My Ride, CATS’ initiative to redesign the current bus system.

CATS Offering a Free One-Way Pass Through CATS Pass App

Jan. 9, 2018
Charlotte Area Transit System has announced it is offering customers a free one-way LYNX or bus pass when customers use the Cash Wallet feature of CATS new mobile payment app....
CATS new commuter coach.

Charlotte Area Transit System Takes Delivery of Nine New 2017 MCI Commuter Coaches

Motor Coach Industries has noted that Charlotte, North Carolina, is a city on the move, offering residents and visitors alike multiple public transportation options.
Reggie Arrington talking to students.
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

NC: CATS Hosts Middle School Students from Elizabeth City to Create Interest in STEM Careers

July 7, 2017
Charlotte Area Transit System recently hosted 25 middle school aged students from the Elizabeth City area of North Carolina to tour the system, talk to transit professionals and...