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Cat-Tran, the Catamount On-Campus Transportation System, is a student-supported service offered through Transportation Services at Western Carolina University.

Purple CAT-TRAN bus on campus


Cat-Tran runs weekdays and weekends during fall and spring, offering transportation from residence halls and commuter lots to the center of campus. 

With Cat-Tran, you're never more than a few minutes away from the center of campus. See you on the bus!

Please Note: Cat-Tran shuttle times and availability can be affected by adverse weather.

NextBus App

Cat-Tran is now using NextBus, an APP that provides transit information through the internet to mobile devices. You can also text to receive arrival information and subscribe to receive messages pertinent to your route. Log on to, selecting North Carolina and WCU-Cat Tran, to track your bus route, see the stop times and plan your day of transportation. You can also track the Cat-Tran shuttles by downloading the NextBus App

 CAT-TRAN routes and schedules are also available here

Did you know?

  • Cat-Tran buses are equipped to serve persons with disabilities.
  • Construction on campus can result in route changes. Check this website for updated routes and stops.
  • The daytime shuttle service addresses the transportation needs of both commuting and resident students; the nighttime operations is designed to address transportation, security, and safety issues at night.
  • All Cat-Tran vehicles are equipped with radios. The radios allow drivers to report problems and incidents to police dispatchers supplementing police patrol coverage of the campus.
  • Weekdays buses pass stops every 10 minutes or less until 5:00 pm, every 15 minutes until 11:00 pm and every 30 minutes until 2:30 am.
  • On the weekends, buses run from 11:00 am to 2:30 am. Buses do not operate on Holidays or when class is not in session.
  • Remember: Drivers are required to stop only at posted stops.

Special Event Transportation

Students enjoy tailgating before a football game



Our CAT-TRAN can be made available for guests in need of transportation for special events.

The fee for this service is $50.00 per hour (includes driver) and all services are subject to availability. To request special transportation in advance of an upcoming event, please complete the online request form.

Hours of Operation

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