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CATS proposed three options to increase revenue from fares and passes.  Two options propose a modest increase in transit fares along with changes to pass discounts while the other option proposes changes in discounts with passes.  Either option would be effective July 1, 2016. The proposed changes to fares or discounts are needed to offset a $2.8 million operating budget shortfall projected for fiscal year 2017. In order to achieve a balanced budget and to provide the least amount of impact to customers, the following options were presented for consideration to the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) and the Public in a Public Hearing on March 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.:

Option 1:

• Restructuring of the weekly pass, removing the 10-ride pass discount, and increasing pass prices for organizations currently at the top tier of the Employee Transportation Coordi​nator (ETC) purchase program.

Option 2:

• .10 cent fare increase, restructuring of the weekly pass, and increasing pass prices for organizations currently at the top tier of the Employee Transportation Coordination(ETC) purchase program.

Option 3:

• .05 cent fare increase, restructuring of the weekly pass, removing the 10-ride pass discount, and increasing pass prices for organizations currently at the top tier of the Employee Transportation Coordination(ETC) purchase program.

The MTC held a public hearing at their March 23, 2016, meeting. The public was invited to sign-up and commented on the proposed options. CATS is continuing to take public comments through April 15, 2016 on the proposed fare increase and discount changes.  To provide comments for review by the MTC please call CATS customer service number at 704-336-7433, send an email to MTCinterest@charlottenc.gov or send a letter to:


CATS Fare Increase

C/O CATS Marketing

600 East 4th Street

Charlotte, N.C.  28202​