CATS Village Rider
Earlier this year, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) made a change to bus route 99 Huntersville, which is a long Village Rider route that goes from Davidson (Griffith/Main) to Northlake Mall. This adjustment occurred with the other route adjustments associated with the Bus/Rail Integration project.
The change to route 99 goes along with the goals of Envision My Ride to provide more direct service with faster travel times. When route 99 used to travel along Beaty Street, the ridership was low, and usually the bus did not pick up anybody along that street. The deviation added time for the people already on the bus. The CATS bus routes become more efficient if they are able to straighten them out.
On the other hand, routes that deviate too much become unattractive services for customers overall. The deviations result in longer travel times and it is harder to ensure that the bus operates on time.
Even with these changes, it is important to remember that people along Beaty Street can still call for the bus. The Village Riders will deviate up to ¾ mile from the fixed portion of the route as long as the customer calls 704-336-RIDE (7433) in advance to book the ride. Most of Beaty Street is within the ¾ mile buffer, which means the Village Rider service will deviate to Beaty Street for a rider.