CTA, the Cherenkov Telescope Array, is the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy in the energy range from 20 GeV to 300 TeV. The CTA project is finishing its preparatory phase, and the pre-production phase will start in 2014. The expected performance of CTA has been assessed using very detailed simulations. The science cases for CTA were established and the key physics programs are defined. A report on the design and prototypes of the different telescopes will be given. Plans for array control, data acquisition and data management are well advanced and will be presented here. Several site candidates for CTA on the Southern and Northern have been evaluated, and a site decision will be taken in 2014.