CATS Leadership Team

John Muth

Deputy Director for Development

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Development Division
Key Ongoing Activities

Under John M. Muth, Deputy Director for Development and Chief Development Officer, the Development Division of CATS has the lead in planning for and creating Charlotte's rapid transit system.  Now in the early stages of a 25-year, $3 billon development effort, the rapid transit system will include bus rapid transit guideways, light rail transit, streetcar lines, and commuter rail services, and will be an integral part of an overall transit system that will serve over four times as many transit riders as the system did in 2001.​





Larry Kopf
Chief Operations Planning Officer, Assistant Director of Public Transit

Larry Kopf leads the Bus Operation division responsible for bus service, transit service for the disabled, and vanpool services. With a focus on customer service, staff in this division provides over 20 million rides each year to residents of Cha​rlotte and the surrounding counties. Responsibilities include short-range planning projects, such as the Countywide Transit Services Plan, designed to adjust services as appropriate to meet the changing needs of the population. Operations staff also handles fleet planning and maintenance, bus and light rail scheduling, and coordinates with other divisions in long range planning.

Dee Pereira

Assistant Director and Chief Financial Officer

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Administration Division
Key Ongoing​ Activities

The Administration Division headed by Dymphna Pereira develops and manages CATS' annual budgets, State and Federal grants, external financing and human resources activities within the Public Transit Department. The Administration Division also provides procurement and contract administration services ensuring CATS compliance with Federal, State and local procurement laws and regulations.​





Allen Smith
General Manager Rail Operations, Assistant Director of Public Transit

Allen Smith is the General Manager for the LYNX light rail system. The LYNX light rail division is responsible for operating and maintaining the light rail services, rail cars, track, signal, traction power and maintenance of way systems. The rail division works closely with rail safety to e​nsure and provide a safe service. The light rail division also collaborates in all phases of development of light rail line expansion and future streetcar rail services and CATS wide facilities management.



Olaf Kinard

Director of Marketing & Communications,

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Marketing & Communications Division
Key Ongoing Activities

Olaf Kinard heads up the division responsible for Marketing, Communications and Technology,  which promotes community relations, develops communications, and marketing programs to increase ridership for CATS and for information technology planning and implementation. The Marketing division manages all of CATS' customer service activities, including the Customer Service information line, which handles trip planning, comments, queries and  complaints from the public; all pass sales and customer information needs at the transit center, conducts extensive market research to ensure CATS' continued ability to meet customer needs; conducts public involvement and community relations activities, manages the Employee Transportation Coordinator program; and manages media relations for CATS.​

Levern McElveen
General Manager
Safety & Security


Levern McElveen is General Manager of Safety and Security. He is a transit safety professional with over 41 years of extensive ​experience in urban bus and rail transit operations at the Federal, State, local and Rail Transit Agency levels. The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for the day-to-day safety and security of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). These safety and security responsibilities cover anyone who comes in contact with the system including passengers, employees and contractors. The office carries safety oversight responsibility for the physical infrastructure, buses, light rail and streetcar vehicles, Special Transportation Services (STS) and Vanpool vehicles.​