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CATS renewing select routes that were discontinued during COVID-19

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Area Transit System has announced it will be restoring services on select express routes that were discontinued during the height of COVID-19.

The change will begin on Monday, Nov. 28.

CATS said route 41 at Steele Creek Express, route 61 at Arboretum/Waverly Express and route 88 at Mountain Island Express will be restored with three morning and three evening trips on weekdays.

Additionally, routes 41 and 88 will have slight adjustments as they travel to and from Uptown Charlotte.

CATS said route 41 will provide service to the Carolinas Medical Center Steelecroft location, the Walker Branch Park and Ride at the Rivergate shopping center, and the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Park and Ride.

Service to Whitehall Commons Park and Ride and along South Tryon Street between Interstate 485 and Woodlawn Road will be discontinued, according to CATS.

CATS said riders can access route 16 as an alternate for service along South Tryon Street. This will make route 41 faster than it was before.

Route 88 will provide service to the Coulwood Shopping Center Park and Ride and Cooks Memorial Presbyterian Church Park and Ride, according to CATS.

CATS said this route will also serve the new Riverbend Village Park and Ride, located behind the Dunkin Donuts along Mt. Holly Huntersville Road.

Riders can park at the marked parking spaces and access the route at the new bus stop on Mt. Holly Huntersville Road, according to CATS.

CATS said service to the Callabridge Walmart will be discontinued. Riders can access Routes 1 and 18 as alternates.

Riders are encouraged to refer to the individual route schedules for more information. For real-time bus tracking, download the CATS-Pass app. For questions or concerns, riders can speak directly to a customer service representative at 704-336-7433(RIDE).

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