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...
Plan your LYNX journey with Google Transit Trip Planner

Plan your LYNX journey with Google Transit Trip Planner

Technology is helping simplify the task of planning Charlotte trips via LYNX train and CATs bus. The Google Maps Transit Trip Planner does the work for you. It’s as simple as this: Visit google.com/transit. Enter your start and end addresses. Choose your mode of transit transportation. A map and the soonest trip time appear on the screen. For additional times, lick on the “Schedule Explorer” link, and you’ll get a window showing later trip times and tools to customize your travel time and route...
Here’s how to park for free at LYNX decks

Here’s how to park for free at LYNX decks

One great benefit of buying LYNX passes is being able to park for free at parking decks along the way. In University City, this includes the 1,513-space deck at the University City Blvd Station and the 800-space deck at the JW Clay Blvd Station. In both cases, a pedestrian bridge connects you directly to the station so you can cross the street above the traffic and out of the weather. LYNX riders may park for free at the decks when purchasing LYNX all-day pass ($6.60) or higher, including the weekly pass ($30.80) and monthly pass ($88).   Here’s how to get passes and tickets Buy tickets in advance online at ridetransit.org or via the CATS Pass Mobile Payment app. You can also purchase tickets and passes at any LYNX station via the Ticket Vending Machines. Fort CATS LYNX and other fares, click here.   About our decks and stations Six LYNX stations serve University City along North Tryon Street and on the UNC Charlotte Campus. Each station has a covered waiting area, ticket-vending machines, security cameras, bike racks, seating and public art. Two stations – JW Clay Blvd and University City Blvd – have large parking decks. Old Concord has a Park-and-Ride lot. For more details about the campus and North Tryon Street stations, parking and bus-route connections: UNC Charlotte – Main Station, 9025 Cameron Blvd. JW Clay Blvd Station and Deck, 9048 N. Tryon St. McCullough Station, 8312 N. Tryon St. University City Blvd Station and Deck, 7205 N. Tryon St. Tom Hunter Station, 6505 N. Tryon St. Old Concord Station and Park-and-Ride lot, 5442 N. Tryon St. All LYNX Blue Line...