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  • Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) was formed in 2000.

  • CATS operates the largest transit system between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. 

  • CATS serves 72,678 weekday daily trips.

  • CATS operates 300 Buses with 66 bus routes. 

  • CATS fleet of buses traveled more than 13.2 million miles in FY2018.

  • In FY2018, CATS' provided over 21 million passenger trips. 

  • CATS has 52 hybrid electric buses in its fleet.

  • CATS operates more than 20 light rail vehicles.

  • CATS has 45 active vanpools.

  • CATS' LYNX Blue Line is the first rapid transit line in North Carolina. 

  • The LYNX Blue Line is 18.9 miles long and operates from I-485 at South Boulevard, through Center-City Charlotte, to the University of North Carolina Charlotte main campus. 

  • 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 FY2019, STS operated 84 vehicles and provided 230,687 rides.