Capital Area Transit (Raleigh)
Capital Area Transit
Headquarters 1430 South Blount St.
Raleigh Transit Authority
Crabtree Valley Mall (Served
by 6 Routes)
1 (Moore Square Transit
Diesel and Biodiesel
Welcome to Transit
Raleigh CAT, or Capital Area Transit oper-
ates 38 public transit routes to serve the city
of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Previous to the CAT system CP&L (Carolina
Power & Light, now known as Progress En-
ergy) provided public transit to the city,
starting in 1886 with mule-drawn vehicles
and covering routes in 1 square mile (3 km2)
of central Raleigh. In 1891, the mule-drawn
service came to an end, and the electric
street car service began. The street cars
2 square miles (5 km2) of the city. Due to rap-
id advances in automotive technology at that
time, in 1933 all electric street car services
ended, replaced by gasoline-powered buses.
Ridership remained strong until the 1950s,
when the popularity of private vehicles began
to reduce transit ridership nationwide.
• 1881-1894 - Raleigh Street Railway
• 1894-1908 - Raleigh Electric Co.
• 1908-1921 - Carolina Power & Light Co.
• 1921-1925 - Carolina Power & Light Co.
(Electric Bond & Shares Co.)
• 1925-1946 - Carolina Power & Light Co.
(National Power & Light Co.)
• 1930s - streetcars discontinued
• 1946-1950 - Carolina Power & Light
• 1950-1958 - White Transportation Co.
• After 1958 - Raleigh City Coach Lines
(City Coach Lines, Inc.)
In the mid- to late-20th century, CP&L ended
its operation of transit services in the city,
and the current publicly-owned CAT system
was created. The city of Raleigh initially con-
tracted with private companies to operate
the system, however in the early 1990s the
city took over its operation.
The Raleigh Trolley
The Raleigh Trolley was