Fast Facts

  • Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) formed in 1999. 
  • CATS operates the largest transit system between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.
  • CATS serves 86,200 weekday daily trips.
  • Average age of CATS' customer is 35 years.
  • Average annual income of CATS' customers is $26,323.
  • CATS operates 323 buses with 73 bus routes. 
  • CATS fleet of buses traveled more than 15.8 million miles in FY2012.
  • CATS LYNX Blue Line operates 20 light rail vehicles.
  • In FY2012, LYNX Blue Line vehicles travelled 860,170 miles.
  • In FY2012, CATS' provided 26.5 million passenger trips. 
  • The 2030 Transit System Plan includes five corridor rapid transit projects, Center City projects, and additional transit system improvements designed to  weave together the five corridors into an integrated system in Center City Charlotte. 
  • In FY2012, 176 CATS buses contained diesel particulate filters. These filters, in conjunction with Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) used on the entire fleet, reduce emissions by as much as 90 percent. 
  • CATS has 13 hybrid electric buses in its fleet.
  • Customers can use 48 bus and 7 LYNX park and ride locations to catch the bus. 
  • CATS has 75 active vanpools.
  • More than 56 businesses in the Charlotte area participate in the Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Program.
  • CATS' LYNX Blue Line is the first rapid transit line in North Carolina. 
  • The LYNX Blue Line is 9.6 miles long and operates from I-485 at South Boulevard to Seventh Street in Center City Charlotte.
  • CATS' Special Transportation Service (STS) provides door-to-door transportation for individuals who are certified according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  As required by the ADA, rides are provided to eligible customers who have pick-up and drop-off locations within three-quarter's of a mile of local CATS fixed bus routes.  In FY2012, STS operated 84 vehicles and provided  227,996 rides.