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November 23, 2009

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Flowers Moves to Charlotte as CATSí Next CEO

Carolyn Flowers has been named the new director of public transit for the city of Charlotte, NC, and chief executive officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), effective Jan. 4, 2010. She succeeds Keith Parker, who left CATS earlier this year to take the top job at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, TX.

Flowers comes to Charlotte from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority where she has worked for 10 years; since 2006, she has been its chief operations officer. She also served two years as budget director for the city of Beverly Hills and held financial positions in the private sector.

She is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2002-2003, vice chair of the APTA Diversity Council, and a member of the new Passenger Transport Advisory Board.

“Carolyn demonstrated a number of skills for us we think are critical going forward, first understanding the importance of CATS growing beyond Mecklenburg County and into our region, the importance of all transit modes—commuter rail, light rail, streetcar, bus and rapid bus transit—that there’s a role for each of them to play in an integrated system,” Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton said in announcing Flowers’ appointment.

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