- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina transit system is going upscale to take commuters uptown.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/2qL5PYn) the Charlotte Area Transit System is buying 11 new buses that will operate on express routes.

The buses cost $625,000 each. They are equipped with reclining seats, overhead reading lights and overhead storage compartments. Some are already being used, while others will hit the streets over the summer.

According to the newspaper, regional express routes, which go to and from neighboring counties, were down 11 percent through the first nine months of the fiscal year.

CATS hopes to boost ridership through express lanes now under construction on Interstate 77. Buses will be able to use the lanes for free while people with two or fewer people in a car have to pay.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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