That's a wrap. We're done here.
WBT's Tara Servatius has definitively shown -- as if there were much doubt -- that the UNCC "study" of CATS released in May was an official Uptown production merely laundered through Charlotte's top public research institution.
On top of that, there are rumors afoot that the UNC system has at least wondered about asking UNCC for a clearer account of how the Center for Transportation Policy Studies came to do a study "for the Chamber."
For the Chamber. That is not a Tara or Meck Deck description. That is Mr. Ron Tober in an April 9th email Servatius unearthed. Study author Edd Hauser was seeking data on CATS' revenue and Tober described the effort as, "This is for a study that the folks at UNCC are doing for the Chamber."
Other emails show that CATS staff was closely involved in producing data for Hauser, even doing extra work to answer his questions.