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...
Join the LYNX celebration with these events

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, including 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.   March 16 Ride LYNX to the University City Job Fair 11 am-2 pm near the University City Boulevard LYNX Station at the Camino Community Center, 133 Stetson Drive. Looking for part-time, full-time or seasonal work? Come to the Camino Center to meet local employers and take advantage of several services including resume writing, career coaching and application stations. The center is a short walk past the Waffle House Restaurant on Stetson Drive. Registration is not required but is encouraged. CLICK for more details and to register. For more help, contact Asia Smith at Asia.Smith@charlottenc.gov or 704-336-2118. University City Partners, the Camino Community Center and the City of Charlotte are hosting the event.   March 17 Kids Ride the Train event (to St. Patrick’s Day Parade) 9-11 am at the JW Clay Boulevard Transit Station. Bring the youngsters for an entertaining first train ride with Norm the Niner, the Chick-fil-A cow and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Lug Nut. Children under age 12 can ride for free. We’ll have Light Rail buttons/stickers, free train whistles and healthy snacks for the kids from Carolinas HealthCare System, face-painting, Pelicans snow cones and more goodies from Chick-fil-A University Place. Panera Bread will have free coffee for the adults. City Barbecue will have a balloon artist on...