Can route changes improve bus service in Charlotte?

(by Erik Spanberg, The Charlotte Business Journal)

So-called bus rapid transit options are planned or under discussion for two heavily traveled areas — north Mecklenburg and Independence Boulevard — while the main Charlotte system’s 72 routes are likely to undergo dramatic shifts...

CATS is starting a year-long route analysis. The current system isn’t efficient enough to reliably get people to work and other destinations in a reasonable time period, said CATS CEO John Lewis Jr.

Shannon Binns, executive director of Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit dedicated to combining environmental and economic health, said the lack of reliable bus service here “is a huge deterrent to ridership. Most folks are too busy to stand around for long periods of time.”

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