Conference center, hotel in works near Clay Blvd Station

Conference center, hotel in works near Clay Blvd Station

Marriott is partner; hotel could open summer 2020 Just three weeks after the launch of light-rail service to University City, UNC Charlotte is moving forward on plans for a hotel and conference center beside the J.W. Clay Boulevard station. “Once completed, this full-service UNC Charlotte-branded Marriott hotel will provide 226 rooms and a 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art conference center,” wrote Chancellor Phil Dubois in his April “Fast Five” update to the campus community. The hotel could open by summer of 2020, The Charlotte Observer reports.   A dream dating back three decades Proposals for a university-focused conference center date back more than 30 years, to the original plans for nearby University Place. UNC Charlotte’s current Master Plan envisions a hotel and conference center near the Clay Boulevard campus entrance. The university recently submitted a request for Charlotte City Council to rezone a wooded property on North Tryon Street for the new hotel and center. The 11.4-acre site is directly across from the Clay Boulevard station and parking deck. An overhead walkway, paid for by the university and Carolinas HealthCare System University, already connects the property to the station.   Hotel could open in 2 years The Charlotte Observer reports that if the rezoning is approved, university officials hope to have construction begin in 2019, with the hotel opening in 2020. The 11.4-acre property is owned by the Foundation of UNC Charlotte, which works to support the university’s mission. Foundation President Niles Sorenson told The Observer that the launch of light-rail service to uptown Charlotte and the university’s Center City campus was key to the conference center and hotel project...
Lyft and LYNX launch “last-mile” discount in UCity

Lyft and LYNX launch “last-mile” discount in UCity

Do you want to commute by LYNX but have no station near your University City business or residence? A new partnership between CATS and Lyft may provide the answer. Charlotte Area Transit System and Lyft, the on-demand transportation service, have partnered in a pilot project to connect riders to the first and last miles of their University City trips. CATS will provide a $4 contribution toward the Lyft trip fee to and from the JW Clay Boulevard Station for trips taken within a defined area that includes University Research Park and the North Tryon Street business and education district.   Lyft ride could cost less than $2 per person If you share the Lyft ride with three others, the cost for Lyft’s service should be well under $2 per person one way to Innovation Park (2 miles), TIAA (2.5 miles) and other URP destinations. A ride-cost estimator is available on the Lyft.com website. This fee is in addition to the cost of the LYNX pass. This discounted Lyft ride service will benefit both people riding LYNX to University City and residents within the service district wanting to ride LYNX to other destinations. A similar program is available between the Parkwood station and the North End/Innovation Corridor district near uptown Charlotte.   Lyft program requires LYNX passes LYNX riders using a monthly pass purchased via the CATSPass mobile app can get up to 40 discounted Lyft trips per month. The monthly unlimited-ride LYNX pass costs $88 ($44 for seniors +62 and ADA-disabled passengers). LYNX riders with other current valid CATS/LYNX passes can get 2 Lyft trip discounts per month, while...
Discover what awaits at each station with these guides

Discover what awaits at each station with these guides

Great minds think alike, which may explain why several websites including ours have posted guides to restaurants, bars, shops and other destinations along the new LYNX Blue Line Extension. We encourage you to check out each guide, then let us know what you like and what’s missing so we can make improvements. In the end, we all win when everyone rides the LYNX.   Ride That Train! interactive map Produced by Gökotta and Sustain Charlotte, in partnership with University City Partners, this interactive map features more than 70 restaurants, coffee shops, stores, libraries and other attractions within a 15-minute walk of the stations. More locations will be added over time. Check it out!   Charlotte Agenda Points of Interest Map Charlotte Agenda has assembled a map listing 41 points of interest within walking distance of the 11 LYNX stations between Ninth Street and UNC Charlotte. Check it out!   Charlotte Magazine interactive guide to the LYNX Blue Line Extension This is not exactly a map, but it functions the same way, with links to Charlotte Magazine’s recommendations for the best places to eat, drink or fine entertainment at each stop. Check it out!   The Charlotte light rail drinking trail along the new LYNX extension Charlottefive.com has prepared this guide to 32 places to stop and sip while traveling between UNC Charlotte and uptown. If you use this guide, you may never get to uptown. Then again, you probably won’t care! Check it out!   Download the University City Mobility Map The LYNX launch on March 16 ushers in a revolutionary car-free mode of transportation through University City’s business district....
Relive our historic day with this video and photo bonanza

Relive our historic day with this video and photo bonanza

The March 16 launch of the LYNX light-rail service to University City is big news not only for University City but also for Charlotte, the region and beyond. We even found news reports on websites such as railwayage.com and progressiverailroading.com. If you could not be at one of the three ribbon cuttings (UNC Charlotte’s Main Station, NoDa’s 36th Street Station and uptown’s 9th Street Station) or go for a LYNX ride on March 16, you can still feel the excitement via video clips and photos on numerous websites. Here are some of our favorites. 2018 Light Rail Grand Opening at UNC Charlotte – UNC Charlotte Welcome aboard: Riders pack Blue Line Extension rom uptown to UNCC – WSOC TV LYNX Blue Line Opening Ceremony (Ninth Street Station) – City of Charlotte After a decade of planning, Charlotte’s light-rail extension finally opens – The Charlotte Observer UNC Charlotte Greek Life Photo Competition – Photos submitted by UNC Charlotte students and others to Instagram and tagged...
The LYNX at last! Our guide to rail revelry!

The LYNX at last! Our guide to rail revelry!

Light-rail service to University City officially began at 10 am Friday, March 16 – nearly 5 years since Charlotte broke ground on the LYNX Blue Line Extension We’ve prepared this quick guide to all of the launch events plus a LYNX Primer for riding our rails smoothly and safely. Have a blast, and see you soon at the station! Tips for enjoying your first LYNX adventure! If you haven’t used the LYNX before, you will definitely want to visit this great webpage for first-timers. Short videos explain how to get tickets, board the train, get off at the right stop and much more. MORE   A work of art at every stop! Those sculpted LYNX bridge facades you’ve seen while waiting for the light to change on North Tryon Street are part of the public artwork gracing the LYNX line and its 10 stations between uptown and UNC Charlotte. Mosaics at 25th Street Station, a meadow at Old Concord Station and much more await along the line. For a guide to each station’s artwork, CLICK HERE.   New map will help you find LYNX treasures There’s much for us to discover at every LYNX stop, if we know where to look. Thanks to Gökotta and Sustain Charlotte, we now have an interactive map to guide our treasure hunt. The map already features more than 70 restaurants, coffee shops, stores, libraries and other attractions within a15-minute walk. Check it out!   LYNX Logistics: Here’s how to … Get the LYNX map and schedule – MORE Buy tickets and passes (no cash, please!) – MORE Use smart-phone aps to buy tickets and...
Bikes are welcome on CATS trains and buses

Bikes are welcome on CATS trains and buses

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) invites you to ride transit with your bike. This makes traveling by bike more practical since long distances, unexpected storms and major highways are no longer obstacles. Combining bicycles with public transit provides flexibility at both ends of your trip. And your bike rides free!   Taking Your Bike on the LYNX Train Bikes are allowed on the LYNX trains at anytime day or night. Each train has four interior bike racks. Cyclists may also stand with their bikes in the low floor area of the train. Be careful that your bike does not interfere with other passengers or block the doorways.   Taking Your Bike on the Bus All CATS buses have bicycle racks. Each rack is located at the front of the bus and accommodates up to two bicycles. The racks are convenient, easy to use and can mount a bicycle in only a few seconds. Click here for a demo video.   Bicycle Parking at Transit Transit stations offer bicycle racks or lockers for cyclists who do not wish to take their bicycles with them about the LYNX. For More Information: 704-336-RIDE or...