June 30, 2016

DOT announces loan for CATS Blue Line extension

Washington – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a $180 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) for construction of the LYNX Blue Line light rail extension. The TIFIA loan will support the expansion of the popular light rail system from Center City Charlotte to […]

Charlotte streetcar ridership higher than expected

Average weekday ridership along the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) new streetcar line came in at 1,507 passengers, which was 67 percent higher than expected for the first two weeks of operations, agency officials announced Tuesday. Known as the CityLYNX Gold Line, the streetcar route was initially estimated to facilitate 900 passenger trips per month.  […]

CATS explores transit modes for southeast corridor

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has scheduled a series of public workshops to gather feedback on the possibility of adding rail service along a 13.5-mile corridor running from Uptown Charlotte to Mecklenburg and Union counties, N.C. CATS is conducting a study exploring multiple modes of transit-rail along the route, which is also known as the Southeast […]

CATS maintenance workers ratify agreement

With over 75 percent of the voting membership agreeing, Local 1596 maintenance workers of Charlotte Area Transit System based out of Charlotte, N.C., ratified a new collective bargaining agreement. The new agreement is for three years starting retroactively to June 30, 2015 and going through June 30, 2018. Leading the way, GCA TMM (Transit Management […]

Charlotte commuter train price jumps by $215M

The Charlotte Area Transit System projects that building a commuter train to Lake Norman would cost $215 million more than expected – a price hike that will likely make it too costly to build. CATS had long planned to use Norfolk Southern freight tracks that parallel Interstate 77 for the Red Line passenger train. It […]

CATS Local 1715 averts strike, gets three-year deal

SMART Transportation Division Local 1715 bus operators employed by Transit Management of Charlotte, Inc., Dec. 12 ratified a three-year agreement with management, averting a possible strike. The new agreement calls for annual wage increases, paid retroactively to July 1, plus the return of travel-time pay, a contract provision that previously had been negotiated away when […]

Local 1715 extends contract due to shutdown

SMART Transportation Division Local 1715 and Transit Management of Charlotte, Inc., agreed to a contract extension Oct. 14 that will expire Nov. 11, 2013, at midnight, according to Local Chairperson Kevin Moss. Local 1715 represents bus operators for the Charlotte Area Transit System. A previous contract extension was set to expire at midnight Oct. 15, […]

SMART bus operators reject Teamster advances

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – SMART Transportation Division organizers, representatives and members of Local 1715 at Charlotte, N.C., have turned back the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in an attempted raid of SMART membership. Local 1715 represents bus operators employed by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). On May 31, the National Labor Relations Board released the official […]

Charlotte bus drivers vote ‘yes’ for UTU

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 546 bus operators employed by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) have voted by more than a 2-1 margin to return to the United Transportation Union. Calvin Studivant, alternate vice president of the UTU Bus Department, will now assist those bus operators in negotiating a new agreement. Studivant recently assisted in negotiating […]