Charlottesville Area Transit
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) is a public agency that operates several bus lines throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County. In 1999, a free trolley service was initiated between downtown and the University of Virginia. The service changed its name from Charlottesville Transit Service to Charlottesville Area Transit..
The bus system was created in September 1975 to replace the privately run Yellow Transit Co bus service. In early 2010, it changed its name from the Charlottesville Transit System (CTS) to Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). In 2010, CAT began operating hybrid fuel buses. 
For rides requiring a fare,
- Single-ride, one-way: $0.75. A reduced fare of $0.35 per trip is available for seniors, who must apply for a reduced fare card.
- All-day unlimited: $1.50 (lowered from $2 in September 2009).
- Month unlimited: $20 (introduced September 2009).
Under a pre-paid arrangement between CAT and the University of Virginia, UVa photo IDs of students, faculty, and staff are accepted as fare on all CTS buses..
Youth ages 6 to 18 who reside in Charlottesville or Albemarle County ride free in summer months under the "Youth Ride FREE Program".
For FY2012, CAT's budget is based on $645,000 in passenger fare revenue. Of this amount $60,000 is from the University of Virginia as a contribution to the cost of the FREE Trolley. Also, of this amount $145,000 is from the University of Virginia as pre-payment of fares so that those students, faculty, and staff with UVA photo ID are allowed to ride Charlottesville Area Transit by displaying the photo ID. 
Ridership is measured on the fiscal year ended June 30. For 2009, CAT reported ridership of 2,012,462, an 18% increase in boardings over the previous year. UVa boardings represented nearly 30% of the total..
Transit development plan
The Connetics Group was hired in 2011 by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to produce a transit development plan to prioritize funding in the next six years. . Preliminary results of their study were presented to council at a work session on March 4, 2011.  Council rejected many of the suggestions, most notably that which would have realigned two low-performing city routes to provide additional service to the relocated Martha Jefferson Hospital. 
Nelson Nygaard study
In the summer of 2012, City Council hired the firm Nelson Nygaard to study the system once again to suggest ways to redraw the system. Their final report will be available in "January 2013". 
Protests for more funding
A group of activists held a rally in May 2012 demanding that the city fully fund service on Sundays and holidays.  That group's protest led to the formation of the group Transit Riders Association of Charlottesville.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 CTS Serves More than Two Million Press release, City of Charlottesville, 7/7/09 retrieved 9 July 2009
- ↑ Print: Council Approves Transit Subsidy, Peter Bacque, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises January 21,1976, Page C1.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 C'ville Transit Service Unveils New Fares, Keith McGilvery, NBC 29, Aug 18, 2009, Updated: Sep 01, 2009, retrieved 2 Sep 2009.
- ↑ E-mail. Bill Watterson, Charlottesville Area Transit. "Charlottesville Area Transit FY 2012 Revenue from Passenger Fares." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. May 18, 2011.
- ↑ Vinzant, Laura. "CTS budget question." Message to Sean J. Tubbs. 26 Jan. 2010. E-mail.
- ↑ Document for Transit Development Plan
- ↑ Web. Council blesses planning for bus route changes, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 4, 2011, retrieved March 21, 2011.
- ↑ Web. City’s transit director departure means new era for system, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 1, 2012, retrieved May 16, 2012.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Web. Speeding change: A driver’s take on updating city bus routes, Graeyln Brashear, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, October 3, 2012, retrieved October 8, 2012. Print. October 3 .
- ↑ Web. Rally calls for better area bus service, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 12, 2012, retrieved May 14, 2012.