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CATS transit service thrives in east Lincoln

The Denver-to-Charlotte express bus service has been running for almost three weeks with overwhelming response.
“Today’s crowd was the largest we have had,” said Tom Campbell, who rides the bus. “We started with eight to 10 people, but today there were 20 people on the bus.”
Campbell, a Denver resident, has been riding the bus since it began on June 7.
He is happy with the service.
“It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” Campbell said.
He said the service takes the same amount of time as driving, but he would much rather ride the bus.
“The thing is I can read the paper and don’t have to fight traffic,” he said.
Campbell catches the bus at 6:30 a.m. each morning to ride to Charlotte where he works at the engineering department. He returns each day on the 5:32 p.m. bus.
He said he can’t believe how much the east Lincoln area has grown since he has lived here.
“I have lived here 30 years,” he said. “I remember having to go to Lincolnton to go to Harris Teeter.”
Campbell said he thinks residents will catch on and use the bus service to Charlotte.
“It seems positive,” he said. “And this side of the lake is really booming.”
Alex Daus, another Denver resident who works at Bank of America in Charlotte, enjoys the “stress free” ride.
“It’s awesome, I love it,” Daus said.
Frances Vaughn, who also lives in Denver, said that everyone should sign up for the service.
She works at Gateway in Charlotte.
“I lie back and relax and don’t have to worry about parking and gas,” she said. “I don’t know why everybody doesn’t do it.”
Pam Burton, a Denver resident who works at Bellsouth in Charlotte, used to commute for eight years from Denver.
“The drive just gets longer and longer,” she said.
Now she said she is saving a lot of money by taking the bus and it’s less stressful.
“I think more and more people will start to use the service as time goes on,” Burton said. “This is wonderful, everyone should try it.”
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Want to ride the bus?
The Lincoln County Express leaves the Park-n-Ride lot at Waterside Crossing Shopping Center at 6:30 and 7 a.m.
The bus returns each evening at 5:32 and 6:07 p.m.
Bus fare is $2.20 each way, and exact change is required.
A 10-ride pass is $18.70, a monthly pass is $88.
For more information call CATS at 704-336-RIDE. by Amy Wadsworth

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