Here are seven tips for navigating public transit in Charlotte:
1. Plan your trip
Using the CATS app, Google or Apple maps, plan your trips based on when routes are available near you. Always aim to be at least 5 minutes early to the stop.
2. Find your stop
Using the CATS app, Google or Apple maps, find the stop nearest to you that will take you in the correct direction of your destination.
3. Travel with a buddy
Traveling with a buddy can not only be a more safe option, it can also make you feel more comfortable when using public transportation. Download the CATS SeeSay app to report suspicious behavior on transit.
4. Bring your 49er ID
As a currently enrolled student, you are granted access to all CATS services included in your Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge. Simply show your 49er ID (physical card or mobile ID) when boarding the bus or if a fare inspector asks to see it.
5. Be aware of your surroundings
Listening to music or reading can distract you from what is going on during your route. Stay aware of where you are to be sure you do not miss your stop.
6. Pull the lever
On Niner Transit buses, pulling the yellow cord tells the driver you want to get off at the next stop. On CATS buses, the process is the same, the only difference is the cord is gray.
7. Get off the bus
Most CATS buses have two doors. Always enter through the front door. However, getting off is different. On Niner Transit buses, use the back door to exit. When exiting CATS buses using the back door, remember to give it a push to open the doors.
This list was compiled by Madeline Davis, Charlotte student, as part of her internship with Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.