December 7, 2009
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Charlotte’s Sprinter Provides Direct Service to the Airport
The Charlotte (NC) Area Transit System (CATS) recently introduced Sprinter, an enhanced bus service that connects the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) with Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Sprinter is one component of the authority’s 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, operating with a fleet of hybrid buses. The line operates on a 20-minute headway on weekdays and 30 minutes on weeknights and weekends, making limited stops at newly designed shelters on the route.
The service operates along Trade Street, West Morehead Street, and Wilkinson Boulevard, providing efficient service to retail and health centers and neighborhoods as well as the CTC and the airport. The Sprinter line also offers a new shelter design and passenger amenities, with real-time digital schedule signs at key stops.
“We have many residents on the west side [of Charlotte] that use CATS to travel to and from work, and the increased frequency of the service helps them get to their destination quicker,” said Brian Fincher, president of the Camp Greene Neighborhood Association, an area served by Sprinter. “The wider aisles and luggage racks are also features that are beneficial to commuters and travelers.”