Charlotte Area Transit System

CATS Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer
 John M. Lewis, Jr.

Picture of ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​John M. Lewis Jr., Chief Executive OfficerJohn M.Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). He arrived in  September 2015 and is leading CATS through a significant stage of growth to construct the LYNX Blue Line Extension, expand existing light rail platforms to accept three car trains, and advance the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 (streetcar) through final design and in to construction.

Lewis's initial focus is on advancing the long-term transit plan, enhancing customer service to attract and retain customers and on ensuring a safe and reliable transit system for the region.

Lewis brings a wealth of transit knowledge and experience to Charlotte, having previously served as CEO of the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority (LYNX) where he provided strategic leadership to Central Florida’s primary mass transit system. During his tenure at LYNX, he oversaw two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando’s LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managed three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the U.S. Route 192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment).

Prior to his time with LYNX, Lewis held several leadership positions as the CEO of  the Greater Richmond Transit Company, and director of rail operations and director of bus operations with the Maryland Transit Administration. 

Lewis is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., ​and holds a bachelor of arts in political science. 


Deputy Director of Transit

Chief Operating Officer

Allen Smith

Deputy Director of Transit Chief Financial Officer​

Blanche Sherman

Deputy Director for Development