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 CATS Technical Tours

​Our host, CATs, has arranged for the following informative technical tours. For your convenience, the Saturday and Sunday tours are repeated on Wednesday. Please sign up on site for the day/tour of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area, A Concourse, Street Level, in the Charlotte Convention Center. All tours depart from A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center at the times indicated.
 

Saturday, May 14 

 
LYNX Blue Line Light Rail System Alignment Tour
2 - 4 p.m.
Charlotte’s first light rail line, known as the LYNX Blue Line, has been in operation since 2007 and has been a resounding success. Come ride the 9.5 mile light rail system and see the transit-oriented development that has occurred in close proximity to much of the light rail line. Tour participants will board the LYNX Blue Line light rail system and learn about the transformation of the corridor, and the continuing development in the area. The tie-in between land use and transit will be emphasized, focusing on the public-private partnerships that lead to the transformation. Staff members from the City of Charlotte will be available during the light rail ride to answer questions about design, construction, and transit-oriented development. 
Limit: 30 persons
Tour also on Wednesday, May 18, 2 - 4 p.m.
 

Sunday, May 15

 
Sprinter Enhanced Bus Alignment Tour
2 - 4 p.m.
CATS Sprinter enhanced bus is an amenity driven transit experience with a focus on frequent service, passenger comfort, and unique branding. This is achieved by incorporating a high level of amenities at each Sprinter stop, operating with a dedicated branded hybrid bus fleet, and providing a consistent, easy to understand schedule. The tour will use a Sprinter bus that will depart from the Westin Charlotte. The tour will travel along the Sprinter route, stopping at key locations. Topics during the tour will include; factors that have contributed to ridership success, strategies to attract choice riders, stop location methodology, and lessons learned.
Limit: 35 persons
Tour also on Wednesday, May 18, 2 - 4 p.m.

LYNX Blue Line Extension Tour
2 - 4 p.m.
The LYNX Blue Line Extension is a $1.16 billion light rail construction project that extends the existing LYNX Blue Line for 9.3 miles from uptown Charlotte, through the North Davidson (NoDa) historic arts district, to the University City area, with a terminal station on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The line, which includes a section located in an existing railroad corridor and a section in the median of North Tryon Street, is under construction and is expected to open for service in 2017. Tour participants will view the construction by bus and discuss issues such as how land use and transportation goals, working with third parties such as railroads, utilities and universities, and dealing with community and business impacts influenced the design of the project.
Limit: 25 persons
Tour also on Wednesday, May 18, 2 - 4 p.m.
 

Wednesday, May 18 

 
LYNX Blue Line Light Rail System Alignment Tour
2 - 4 p.m.
Charlotte’s first light rail line, known as the LYNX Blue Line, has been in operation since 2007 and has been a resounding success.  Come ride the 9.5 mile light rail system and see the transit oriented development that has occurred in close proximity to much of the light rail line.  Attendees will board the LYNX Blue Line light rail system and learn about the transformation of the corridor, and the continuing development in the area.  The tie in between Land Use and Transit will be emphasized, focusing on the public/private partnerships that lead to the transformation.  Staff members from the City of Charlotte will be available during the light rail ride to answer questions about design, construction and transit oriented development. 
Limit: 30 persons
Tour also on Saturday, May 14, 2 - 4 p.m.

Sprinter Enhanced Bus Alignment Tour
2 - 4 p.m.
CATS Sprinter enhanced bus is an amenity driven transit experience with a focus on frequent service, passenger comfort, and unique branding. This is achieved by incorporating a high level of amenities at each Sprinter stop, operating with a dedicated branded hybrid bus fleet, and providing a consistent, easy to understand schedule. The tour will use a Sprinter bus that will depart from the conference hotel. The tour will travel along the Sprinter route stopping at key locations. Topics during the tour will include; factors that have contributed to ridership success, strategies to attract choice riders, stop location methodology, and lessons learned.
Limit: 35 persons
Tour also on Sunday, May 15, 2 - 4 p.m.

LYNX Blue Line Extension Tour
2 - 4 p.m.
The LYNX Blue Line Extension is a $1.16 billion light rail construction project that extends the existing LYNX Blue Line for 9.3 miles from uptown Charlotte, through the North Davidson (NoDa) historic arts district, to the University City area, with a terminal station on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  The line, which includes a section located in an existing railroad corridor and a section in the median of North Tryon Street, is under construction and is expected to open for service in 2017. Tour participants will view the construction by bus and discuss issues such as how land use and transportation goals, working with third parties such as railroads, utilities and universities, and dealing with community and business impacts influenced the design of the project.
Limit: 25 persons
Tour also on Sunday, May 15, 2 - 4 p.m.
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