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CATS to hold public meetings for 5-year plan

The Charlotte Area Transit System said it will hold five public meetings this month to gather community input to be used in developing the 2013-18 Countywide Transit System Plan.

The plan serves as a guideline for CATS in determining what changes or improvements need to be made to service or infrastructure.

“We’re going to be hearing from the public to figure out what they’d like to see,” CATS spokeswoman Judy Dellert-O’Keef said. “Where do you think we need to add trips or extend a route? Are there places where we need more benches or trash can? Maybe people want to see more Saturday service.”

Some changes that were made as part of the 2008-13 plan were more bus lines running to a light-rail stop and the Sprinter bus line running to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

The public meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The same information will be shared at all meetings.

The first meeting will be Tuesday at the South Boulevard light-rail facility. There will be two meetings Wednesday, one at the North Regional Library in Huntersville and one at the Independence Regional Library in Charlotte. The next meeting will be at the Arbor Glen Outreach Center Thursday, followed by the final meeting at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Oct. 21.

Caitlin Coakley can be reached at caitlin.coakley@mecktimes.com.

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