Do You Want to Participate in a CONNECT Beyond Listening Session?

Let's Chat About Public Transit!

Over the next two months, our Team is hosting targeted listening sessions with community members from across our 12-county region to help us refine the draft recommendations for CONNECT Beyond's regional transit plan. These virtual listening sessions will be interactive interviews that can be done in English or Spanish and take approximately 30-minutes to complete. Each household that participates will receive a $25 gift card!

We are looking for participants preferably within the following groups:

  • Use public transit on a regular basis
  • Disabled | Student |Retiree | Parents
  • African American, Latino, Asian or American Indigenous
  • Reside in one of the 12 CONNECT Beyond counties

Individuals who are interested in participating in a listening session can either text "I am in" to (704) 666-2951 and our Team will reach out and coordinate a virtual listening session interview or register using the sign up form below.

If you know of community members or groups who might want to participate in a listening session, we encourage you to provide us with their contact information by emailing us at

Project Updates

Meeting Your Transportation Needs No Matter Where You Live: A CONNECT Beyond Advisory Committee Update May 5, 2021

Centralina, and its transportation partners across twelve counties, are committed to providing simple and equitable transportation options for rural, suburban, and urban communities across the region.

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Building a Better Bus Network March 24, 2021

To travel by bus across our region today, transit riders must navigate multiple transit services, all with different route frequencies, fare systems, websites, and technologies. Our Team is exploring ways to make it easier for riders to plan, pay for and complete their trips.

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February Newsletter March 8, 2021

CONNECT Beyond is a regional mobility initiative that will help lay the groundwork for how to develop and implement an interconnected transit network for our region that will combine high capacity transit lines, enhanced bus services, and other innovative mobility solutions.

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Transit is Essential to Our Regional Economy and Local Quality of Life February 15, 2021

As our region continues to grow, access to reliable, safe and well-connected public transportation must be a priority to ensure everyone can benefit.

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Preliminary High Capacity Transit & Mobility Corridors January 13, 2021

On January 13, 2021, the CONNECT Beyond Project Team held a joint advisory committee meeting to present the preliminary high capacity transit and mobility corridors.

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Shape the Future of Transit and Enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! December 1, 2020

Connect Beyond will randomly select five (5) winners to each receive one (1) $100 Visa® Gift Card.

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November Newsletter November 19, 2020

CONNECT Beyond is a regional mobility initiative that will create a long-term strategic plan for how to implement a public transit system that will connect our 12-county region.

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A Conversation on Regional Mobility November 17, 2020

On September 30, 2020, we gathered a collection of key regional leaders for a special CONNECT Beyond virtual event to discuss the importance of regional mobility.

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Mobility, Equity, Public Health and the Future of Transit October 9, 2020

Over the last several months, our communities have been reeling from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to navigate how to return to a somewhat normal way of life. In tandem with this, the issue of racial inequity has taken a center stage in our public discourse.

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How do we want to travel around the region in 25 years? October 8, 2020

Our region of 2.6 million is expected to add 1.4 million more people by 2045. See the candidate high capacity transit corridors that could take you to work, school, medical services, entertainment or other destinations.

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September Newsletter September 30, 2020

CONNECT Beyond is a regional mobility initiative that is being led by the Centralina Regional Council. CONNECT Beyond will create a bold regional transit plan that provides real mobility solutions and opportunities for residents and visitors across 12 counties in North and South Carolina.

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CONNECT Beyond: A Regional Mobility Initiative Summer 2020 Update July 29, 2020

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Because we are relying on you to help us build a transit plan for our region, we have compiled all the resources you may need in this section. From here, you can quickly find the latest News and Project Updates, get information on upcoming Events, check our glossary of Words to Know, use our interactive map learn more about the current services for Transit in Your Area, or become a CONNECT Beyond Champion when you Download a Toolkit for your organization’s use.