Envision My Ride


Envision My Ride is a planning initiative to redesign the current bus system. Through this initiative, CATS Is taking comprehensive look at bus route structure and frequency to determine how to improve the system and better serve the Charlotte region.

 The Charlotte-Mecklenburg region is rapidly growing and changing. Through the years our bus service has extended operating hours, implemented more neighborhood service, and improved customer amenities.  CATS recognizes that we need to continue to improve your bus system to better serve you, our customer, and we have listened to your feedback.   

Key Considerations for Envision My Ride Include:

  • Cross-town and suburb-to-suburb bus service
  • Connections between different bus routes and between bus and light rail 
  • More frequent service
  • More direct service

3 Phases

Phase 1: StructureMarch 2018
  • 22 existing routes adjusted
  • 9 new routes established
  • 4 new cross-town routes
October 2018
  • 24 additional routes adjusted
Phase 2: FrequencyFebruary 2020
  • Increased Frequency on 4 routes to 15-minute intervals
  • Implemented MetroRapid (BRT) on I-77 Express Lanes

Phase 3: Reliability

(More info available soon)

Fall 2020
  • Bus Priority Study to be conducted to define ways to increase reliability through bus treatments
  • Central Avenue Bus-Only Lane Pilot Program.  CATS and The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) are working together to implement dedicated lanes in Charlotte.