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CATS Gold Rush Service Extends to JCSU

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will reach higher and wider with an extended Gold Rush Red Line service starting February 14, 2011. The route will now travel between Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) via Center City. The lengthened service comes with the financial support of Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP), Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College. Join CATS, CCCP, JCSU and CPCC to kick-off and officially announce the extended service on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11 a.m. on the campus of JCSU, located at 100 Beatties Ford Road.

"We are very excited to extend the Gold Rush service to West Trade and Elizabeth Avenue, thanks to investments from Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College," said Michael J. Smith, President and CEO of CCCP. "They join our partners at CATS and our private funding partners of Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Hearst Corporation in supporting this vital, free service in our Center City."

Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of CPCC said, "The college looks forward to utilizing the new service on a daily basis. With over 25,000 students and staff at our Central Campus, many of whom rely on public transportation, the Gold Rush extension will increase our accessibility to the community."

Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of JCSU is also looking forward to the link the service will provide. "The Gold Rush will visibly connect Johnson C. Smith University to uptown Charlotte as it provides additional mobility for JCSU students and members of our surrounding community," said Carter. "By expanding the Gold Rush's route to our front gate, it builds upon and enhances the University's relationship with the City of Charlotte to further improve the Beatties Ford Road Corridor."

Riders can now travel further on both inbound and outbound routes, passing its previous end points of Trade and Sycamore Streets and Fourth and McDowell Streets. "This service will provide improved access and mobility through the Center City," said Carolyn Flowers, CATS CEO. "Private-public partnerships like this are an example of what we can do for citizens of Charlotte when we all work together."

The Red Line will provide the same level of service and hours of operation at no cost to passengers. The schedule will run Monday through Friday from 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Center City with service beginning at 7:45 a.m. at JCSU and CPCC. Buses will operate on 12-minute intervals, similar to what it does today, better connecting institutions of higher education (JCSU, Johnson and Wales University and CPCC), Gateway Village, the Charlotte Transportation Center and businesses and restaurants along the route.

To learn more about CATS and its services, please call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit http://www.ridetransit.org/ .

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