CATS Launches 2024 Transit Pass Design Contest

Published on April 23, 2024

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April 23, 2024

Contact: Logan Lover

CATS Launches Transit Pass Design Contest

Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) launches its annual Transit Pass Design Contest, asking North and South Carolina residents to submit original artwork with the theme: Safe Travels! Three winners will be selected to have their artwork printed on Local, Express and Express Plus passes for the 2025 calendar year.

Entries are due to CATS by Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. and will be judged by a committee consisting of transit staff members, city officials and local art professionals. Entries will be ranked to identify first, second and third place winners based on the following criteria:

1. Does the design address the theme and promote multi-modal transportation in Charlotte in specific or general terms?
2. Is the design eye-catching and well-composed?
3. Is text absent from the design?

In addition to having their artwork printed on 2025 passes, each winner will receive a monthly transit pass of their choice and a prize as follows: - first place - $500.00; second place - $250.00; third place - $100.00.

Interested participants can learn more, download an application and view technical guidelines and contest rules at and apply through

Download the Arts Pass Application(DOCX, 68KB) Download the official contest rules(DOCX, 52KB)  

About the Charlotte Area Transit System

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is a department of the City of Charlotte and governed by the Metropolitan Transit Commission. CATS is the largest transit system between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, offering bus, light rail, streetcar, vanpool and paratransit services. Learn more by visiting or follow CATS on X, Instagram and Facebook.

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