LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

Thinking of riding the LYNX? These changes and a reminder may smooth the trip: New riders: With UNC Charlotte back in session, be prepared for many more riders. New discount: LYFT has expanded its first-mile/last-mile discounts to include the University City Blvd. station area. Parking deck reminder: You can park for free in our two LYNX decks – unless you need to leave between 3 and 6 pm weekdays. Here are the details. More 49ers aboard! Don’t be surprised by the sudden surge in riders aboard the LYNX light-trail trains, even late at night. Nearly all of UNC Charlotte’s 30,000 students get a transit pass that lets them ride all light-rail trains and CATS buses. The cost is included in the students’ mandatory fees as a way to reduce the demand for campus parking. Faculty and staff can get a big break on LYNX and bus fares, as well.   Lyft expands first-mile/last-mile ride discounts to University City Blvd station area Light-rail riders needing to reach destinations near the University City Blvd LYNX station can now take advantage of a special first-mile/last-mile discount from Lyft, the on-demand transportation service. The service, already available at the JW Clay Blvd and Parkwood stations, provides a $4 discount on Lyft rides between the stations and nearby destinations. The goal of the program is to provide affordable and reliable transportation via LYFT to busy destinations near the stations but too far away to reasonably reach by walking. Click here to learn how to access the program.   Reminder: Parking in decks will cost – if you leave 3-6 pm weekdays While most LYNX...
LYNX Blue Line Extension videos on the Web

LYNX Blue Line Extension videos on the Web

You can spend days looking at online videos about the Charlotte LYNX Blue Line, posted by casual riders, CATS and several businesses. In honor of the March 16 first anniversary of the LYNX Blue Line Extension, we compiled this list of videos that appealed to us. We hope you enjoy them.   One Year Anniversary Of LYNX Blue Line Extension FOX News offers this brief report on our LYNX line after one year of operation. WATCH   First Day Opening Ceremony And First Ride A young person wearing a Charlotte 49ers sweatshirt narrates this shot-on-a-smart-phone video of the first day ceremony at UNC Charlotte, plus her first ride on the LYNX. 3,375 views so far. WATCH How To Ride the LYNX If you haven’t taken a trip yet, this video from the Charlotte Area Transit System will be helpful. 4,241 views. WATCH The 58 Millionth Rider On The LYNX Blue Line On Thursday, March 14, CATS CEO John Lewis greeted Mark Helotie as he debarked from a LYNX train in uptown Charlotte and proclaimed Helotie the 58 millionth passenger since the LYNX began operation in 2007. Helotie was pleasantly surprised. “It’s amazing there have been 58 million riders,” said Helotie, who began riding the LYNX when he moved to Charlotte eight years ago. We agree. 58 million? Amazing, indeed! WATCH   Full Ride From I-85 South To UNC Charlotte Main Station If you’ve never ridden the entire length of LYNX Blue Line and want to experience it, this video may be for you. Just know that the ride takes just under an hour! Posted on March 5, 2019. WATCH...
Urgent-care center to open at Clay parking deck

Urgent-care center to open at Clay parking deck

Atrium Health plans to open an urgent-care center this summer in the parking deck at the Clay Boulevard LYNX Station. The center will meet a growing need for convenient health care in the heart of University City’s light-rail business district, says Bill Leonard, president of Atrium Health University City. “The University City area is growing, and access to walk-in urgent-care service is underserved in our market,” Leonard said. Atrium Health operates more than 30 urgent-care facilities throughout the Charlotte region. The centers provide general medical care for minor injuries, illnesses and health exams. Most centers are open 8 am-8 pm seven days a week.   Medical services for residents, students and workers The new center at the Clay Station parking deck will offer typical urgent-care services of diagnosis, treatment and testing, including X-ray and basic lab services. “With the proximity to so many jobs, we will fully support occupational health efforts in the area,” Leonard said. People with more severe illnesses and injuries are directed to hospital emergency rooms. Atrium Health University City’s emergency room is the busiest in the Atrium Health system. Leonard said that Atrium Health expects to see a slight decline in those numbers once the urgent-care center opens nearby. Atrium Health recently signed a 10-year lease for 2,325 square feet of space in the Clay Station parking deck. The deck might seem like an unlikely place for a medical facility. However, along with its 800 parking spaces, the deck includes more than 15,000 square feet of space on the ground floor for offices, shops and restaurants.   Growing regional crossroads Most important, “The access is just...
See Something, Say Something with new CATS security app

See Something, Say Something with new CATS security app

Charlotte Area Transit System is encouraging its customers to enhance their safety with a new smart phone app, the CATS See Say. The app provides an easy and discreet way to get help, says BJ Johnson, with CATS Safety and Security. “The app is monitored by Police Dispatch 24/7,” Johnson said. “If an individual uses the app, a certified police dispatcher will get the alert, acknowledge that they have received the alert, and immediately send an officer to investigate, no matter what it is.” The simply designed app has a single page where people can write a short note about the problem, snap a photo (without flash), select the location of the problem, and submit it anonymously, if they prefer. Johnson said that the app is a good alternative for reporting suspicious behavior without appearing to be calling 911. Yet the police will still respond immediately, she added. More than 1,000 people have downloaded and used the free CATS See Say security app, Johnson said. People have used the app to report everything from overflowing trash cans to suspicious bags left unattended.   To download the app The app is available for both iPhones via the App Store and Android phones via Google Play. Search for CATS See...
LYNX parking deck usage on the rise

LYNX parking deck usage on the rise

The two large LYNX parking decks in UCity have seen a substantial increase in daily use since light-rail service began last March, the Charlotte Area Transit System reports. The 800-space JW Clay Station deck’s busiest day so far, Oct. 3, recorded 873 cars. The 1,500-space University City Boulevard station deck served 600 cars on its busiest day, July 9. CATS says that the parking-lot use has doubled since it first began keeping records in April. The decks are intended to serve as park-and-ride lots for commuters and Charlotte visitors wishing to ride the LYNX and to avoid high parking fees in uptown Charlotte. The decks were designed with future growth in mind, with planners anticipating that the University City Blvd deck would draw many users because of its location just south of the I-85-University City Boulevard interchange. Why charge? While other parking facilities and decks along the 19-mile LYNX line are free, University City parking decks offer free parking only to people who have purchased all-day, weekly or monthly LYNX passes. All other parking-deck customers, including LYNX riders with one-way and round-trip tickets, must pay $10 to park. CATS chose to charge at the two University City stations because of concern that UNC Charlotte students seeking to avoid campus parking fees would fill up the decks if parking was free, then ride the LYNX to campus. The campus has no free parking. Student parking permits cost $290 per semester or $464 for two semesters. Visitors and students without parking permits must park in the five campus decks. Rates run from $5 for the first hour to $15 for the...
CATS offering rider “rewards” worth up to $25

CATS offering rider “rewards” worth up to $25

Frequent transit riders can earn rewards up to $25 with a new program offered by the Charlotte Area Transit System. Through Feb. 28, CATS customers can earn a reward valued at $5 for 10 round trips, a $10 reward for 15 round trips, or a $25 reward for 25 or more round trips. The rewards can be redeemed at more than 50 retailers and nonprofits listed at the program’s website. To take part, you must download the Way2Go CLT app, log in and start riding. You will receive one point per round-trip commute or ride. When you are ready to redeem your points, go to the Rewards tab under “Programs” on the Way2GoCLT.com website or in the app and click “redeem” for the reward amount desired. You will receive a redemption code via email. Click the link in the email and you will be able to select from over 50 retailers and nonprofits from Tango Card’s catalog.   Learn more For full program details, visit...