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Ronald J. Tober, 2013 March 22

Identifier: OH-UA-TO0065

Scope and Contents

Ronald J. Tober, former CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), discusses the evolution of light rail and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Mr. Tober recalls conversations with Chancellor James H. Woodward about whether or not light rail should come onto the campus of UNC Charlotte. He specifically talks about Chancellor Woodward's reticence about having the line come through the middle of campus, which was one possible route the Blue Line Extension could take as it made its way towards Interstate 485 in northeast Mecklenburg County. Mr. Tober points out that Chancellor Woodward preferred that the line should run along North Tryon Street (Highway 29), skirting the edge of campus but not cutting through it. He also talks about light rail planning under Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and how the current configuration for the Blue Line Extension took shape. Mr. Tober concludes the interview speculating on the positive benefits that light rail will bring to UNC Charlotte.


  • Creation: 2013 March 22

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The material is in English

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Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Biographical Note

Ronald J. Tober was a 66-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place via phone. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947. He was educated at Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University and was employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System from 1999-2007.


21 Minutes

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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