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...
NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

Last updated April 29, 2019 An information meeting to explain and get feedback on University City’s biggest upcoming road project drew more than 100 people to UNC Charlotte on April 23. The project, set to start construction in about 3 years, will widen NC 49 to six lanes near campus, launch a new highway to Independence Boulevard and close a busy railroad crossing. At least two critical decisions remain to be made. The path of the new highway once it crosses the NC Rail Corridor and nearby Hanberry Boulevard. One option would slice through woods and wetlands planned for a future park. How to lower University City Boulevard several feet while maintaining high traffic volume between I-485 and the university campus. One option would require removing several commercial buildings. The drop-in information meeting took place in the Cone University Center, where visitors could move through several information stations dealing with various aspects of the three projects.   State’s reason for six lanes A short video display explained why the NC Department of Transportation believes that University City Boulevard (NC 49) needs to be widened to six lanes between I-485 and John Kirk Road and redesigned to eliminate left turns from cross streets such as Mallard Creek Church Road. Watch the video. University City Boulevard carries more than 40,000 vehicles per day, with significant rush-hour congestion and numerous accidents, particularly at the Back Creek Church Road/Pavilion Boulevard intersection. Transportation planners estimate that the volume will double in 20 years. A state Transportation Department staff member said the new design will accommodate that greater volume and cut accidents while providing safe movement...
TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

Get details this afternoon at UNC Charlotte about NC plans to transform part of University City Boulevard into a six-lane ”Superstreet”, launch a new roadway to south Charlotte and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing. The meeting will take place 4-7 pm today, April 23, in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center. The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions Visit the project website for details and to take a survey about the plans.   Superstreet details The state plans to convert 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. Construction could start in 2022. The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to cut congestion and accidents while increasing capacity.   Other major project components The state project has three other significant components: Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential. Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor. Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed.   Why? The state says the project and its design will: Improve traffic volume, speed and safety on University City Boulevard. Start the long-planned major highway from University City to Independence Blvd. Details Close a dangerous crossing as part of massive upgrades to the NC...
Learn about NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ at April 23 meeting

Learn about NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ at April 23 meeting

ARTICLE UPDATED MARCH 19, 2019 The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on April 23 to share plans to transform 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard into a six-lane “Superstreet” and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing. The meeting will take place 4-7 pm April 23 in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center. The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions Visit the project website for details and a survey about the plans.   Project details The state plans to convert part of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to reduce current heavy congestion and help the highway absorb significantly more traffic in the future. Construction of the $41.8 million project could start as soon as summer 2022. Along with widening University City Boulevard, the state project has three other significant components: Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential. Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor, as a way to improve safety along the rail line. Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed. The state cites several reasons for the project and its design, including:   Improved traffic volume,...
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...
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...