Our next greenway is on the way!

Our next greenway is on the way!

Work has started on a short greenway with big potential – the Barton Creek Greenway. Once finished late next year, the three-quarter-mile greenway will link University Place shops, the Blue Line Extension and hundreds of nearby residents to the extensive Mallard Creek-Clark’s Creek-Toby Creek network through University Research Park, UNC Charlotte and a dozen neighborhoods.   Opening in late 2019 Greenways planner Gwen Cook said that the project will take about one year to complete. The greenway will wind between several apartment, townhome and patio home communities. Several neighborhoods will have direct access to the greenway via side trails.   University Place entrance already in place The start of the greenway at University Place is already visible on JW Clay Boulevard near the northeast corner of the lake. A boldly lit HAWK pedestrian traffic signal marks where the greenway will end. The crossing will link the greenway to lakeside sidewalks at University Place. Light-rail riders will be able to reach the greenway easily, via a short walk from the JW Clay Boulevard light-rail station on North Tryon Street. The greenway’s end at Mallard Creek Greenway is visible, as well. Look for the cut trees on the creek side of Mallard Creek Greenway, just north of the end of the Paradise Valley Par 3 golf course. A bridge will carry the greenway across the creek at that point.   A long time in coming The county had hoped to build the greenway several years ago but encountered design challenges that took time and money to overcome.  Contracts for the project were issued this summer. General contractor J.D. Goodrum Inc. has...
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...
Many bus routes, connections changing for LYNX

Many bus routes, connections changing for LYNX

Provided by Charlotte Area Transit System The following service adjustments will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018, following the opening of the LYNX Blue Line to UNCC on Friday, March 16, 2018. To learn more about these new schedules, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE. 12, 24, 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, & 60 – Trips adjusted for new train schedule at existing LYNX Blue Line stations. 97, 98, & 99 – Village Riders will be restructured to serve new bus-rail connection at Bryton Town Center. See also the Village Riders Guide for more information. 85X – Gastonia Express – New midday roundtrip added weekdays inbound from Gastonia at 11:09 am and outbound from CTC at Noon. 221 – E Harris / Idlewild – Will now operate 35 minutes weekdays, 30 minutes Saturdays, and hourly Sundays with trip times adjusted.   Bus-connection changes For more details on the below bus connections to the new LYNX Blue Line, pick up a booklet from area schedule racks. 3 – The Plaza – New crosstown replaces the 204 west of N Tryon and the 23 east of Tipperary to Albemarle Park & Ride. 4 – Belmont – Renamed route extended out Plaza to new Sugar Creek Station. Plaza Midwood loop discontinued. 9 – Central Ave – Times adjusted. Turnaround shortened at Albemarle Park and Ride. Service on Idlewild Rd N replaced with new 3. 11 – N Tryon – Follows 11K to Walmart with earlier, later, and weekend trips. 11U discontinued. Mallard Creek Church replaced with new 29. 13 – Nevin – New crosstown replaces the 201 out Capps Hill Mine Rd to...
Countdown to March 16 LYNX launch

Countdown to March 16 LYNX launch

In just 10 days, the LYNX light-rail trains start public service between UNC Charlotte and Uptown. Here’s the latest news on special events, tools for LYNX riders and alerts for the general public, plus recent news reports about how our light-rail service is already transforming University City.   Transit Information Meeting on March 13. Get the latest news about our soon-to-start LYNX Blue Line Extension at this meeting from 9-10 am March 13 at the Alexander Village Clubhouse in University Research Park. CATS staff will share the latest news about the LYNX line and March 16 public launch, including new and revised city bus routes. University City Partners will provide maps showing transit routes and connections in University City. The clubhouse is at 9224 Graham Ridge Drive (off Senator Royall Place near Mallard Creek Church Road). DIRECTIONS   Join the LYNX celebration with these events The LYNX light-rail trains open to the public on Friday, March 16, and we have several events to help you and your family enjoy this momentous event in the life of University City. Among the activities: free rides for kids, free coffee and donuts for commuters, and St. Patrick’s Day special promotions at businesses near the North Tryon Street stations. Details.   Mobility Maps are ready – Download yours now! The LYNX launch on March 16 ushers in a revolutionary car-free mode of transportation through University City’s business district. We have prepared a free Mobility Map guide for the transit line and transit parking decks, as well as several other ways to get around without cars. The map also shows University City’s 12 miles...