Charlotte Street Railway Company chartered to operate a horse-drawn streetcar line, the City's first form of public transit.



Duke Power, who operated the electric streetcar system at the time, made the decision to transition from streetcars to buses. The fare was 7 cents.



A referendum in Mecklenburg County to dedicate ½ cent sales tax for transit is approved 58% to 42%.



The Charlotte Area Transit System is created as a department of the City of Charlotte laying the framework for the City's current transit system.



The 2025 Transit System Plan is adopted. A first iteration of our current transit plan.



CATS updated the 2025 Transit System Plan to our current plan, the 2030 Transit System Corridor Plan.



The LYNX Blue Line, North Carolina's first light rail line, opened to ridership above projections.



Sprinter Enhanced Bus begins providing direct bus service between Uptown and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.



Phase 1 of the CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar opens connecting two historic neighborhoods.


The City of Charlotte receives a Federal TIGER grant to begin track, signals, and structures work on the Charlotte Gateway Multi-Modal Station.



MTC adopts light rail transit for the LYNX Silver Line in the southeast, replacing previously adopted bus rapid transit.



CATS launches "Envision My Ride", a total redesign of the bus network.



The LYNX Blue Line Extension opens connecting the University of North Carolina – Charlotte Campus through Uptown creating a 18-mile light rail alignment.



Over 40 bus routes and 700 bus stops were changed as part of the Envision My Ride restructure.



CATS made several changes to the 2030 plan with the adoption of a 26-mile east/ west LYNX Silver Line, extending the Blue Line to Ballantyne, and adopting bus rapid transit for North Mecklenburg.



The LYNX Silver Line project enters pre-project development.



CATS continues work on Envision My Ride to increase system efficiency through the "Bus Priority Study".