Federal Transit Administration policy Circular 9400.1A encourages the inclusion of art in transit systems:
"The visual quality of the nation's mass transit systems has a profound impact on transit patrons and the community at large. Good design and art can improve the appearance and safety of a facility, give vibrancy to its public spaces, and make patrons feel welcome."
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is sharing the responsibility for improving the Charlotte region's quality of life by providing efficient, cost-effective public transportation and contributing to the development of a livable and sustainable community for both riders and non-riders. In the context of creating vibrant and neighborhood oriented transit facilities, CATS commits 1% of design and construction costs for the integration of art into most major projects in the capital program, including stations and surrounding areas, park and ride lots, transportation centers, maintenance facilities, and passenger amenities.