CATS. It's My Independence.
As an active senior you don't have any intention of slowing down. Whether it's working out several times a week, meeting friends for lunch, or volunteering at church, riding CATS provides you with the mobility and freedom to help maintain your active lifestyle. With so much to do, riding CATS is just the sensible choice. CATS' goes uptown, across town and around your neighborhood, so you don't have the added stress of driving. Plus, since seniors ride for half price, it's a bargain!
Public transportation can play an important role in keeping older Americans mobile and independent. Not sure how to ride CATS? Then let us introduce you to our Seniors in Motion Program. Through Seniors in Motion, CATS staff can visit your residential facility, church group or senior center and introduce our services to you. We can take you on a demonstration ride, assist you with reading public timetables, and answer any questions you may have.
To arrange for a staff member to visit your facility, please contact us at 704-336-RIDE (7433) and we'll contact you to arrange a Seniors in Motion event.
If you have a red, white and blue Medicare card or a Transit ID, you may ride CATS at half price.
When you get on the bus, just show your Transit ID or Medicare card to the operator, put your money (one half of the local fare) in the fare box and have a seat.
The LYNX Blue Line operates as a proof of payment system. If you're riding the LYNX Blue Line, you may purchase your ticket from one of our ticket vending machines. Seniors purchasing their ticket at the reduced rate must provide a valid Transit ID or Medicare card upon request.
If you don't have a Medicare card and are 62 years of age or older, you may apply for a transit photo ID by presenting proof of age and identity.
Documents acceptable as proof of age include:
- Drivers license
- Birth certificate
Documents acceptable as proof of identity include:
- Employment ID with photo
- Drivers license
- Government issued photo ID
- Union card with photo
Transit ID's are $1.00 and are made at the Charlotte Transportation Center located at 310 E. Trade St. between
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
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Enjoy Your Ride
CATS buses, LYNX light rail trains and stations are ADA accessible. Priority seating for seniors is available on all CATS and LYNX vehicles, so you should not have to stand or walk to the back.
When riding CATS bus service, signal for the bus to stop about a block before you want to get off, by pulling the cord or pressing the strip by the window. Ask the operator to lower the lift or step when you exit the bus.
When riding the LYNX Blue Line, the train will stop at all LYNX stations. Look and listen for announcements of each train's arrival and destination.