Charlotte Area Transit System

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The Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly referred to as CATS, is the public transit system in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It operates bus service around the Metrolina area and a historical trolley in Uptown Charlotte, and operates a light rail system, called LYNX which opened on November 24, 2007.

Carolyn Flowers is the system's current chief executive. Prior to her arrival in January 2010, Mrs. Flowers was the Chief Operating Officer of the LACMTA.


Bus transportation was provided by the Charlotte Department of Transportation under the branding known as Charlotte Transit, which was in existence from 1976 to 1999. (Charlotte Transit is not to be confused with Charlotte Area Transit System despite the similarity in name.) Most routes were local, with virtually no express service to outlying areas with the exception of two express routes. But as Charlotte was on the way to being one of the fastest growing cities since the 1980s well into today, service became inadequate to serve the rapidly growing population alongside the city annexing especially toward the south and east portions which are now being built up as of the 1990s. So a referendum was passed in 1998 by Mecklenburg County citizens to approve a 1/2% sales tax to improve public transportation over the next few years. The move created the Metropolitan Transit Commission in 1999 to oversee improvements...
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