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...
LYNX parking deck usage on the rise

LYNX parking deck usage on the rise

The two large LYNX parking decks in UCity have seen a substantial increase in daily use since light-rail service began last March, the Charlotte Area Transit System reports. The 800-space JW Clay Station deck’s busiest day so far, Oct. 3, recorded 873 cars. The 1,500-space University City Boulevard station deck served 600 cars on its busiest day, July 9. CATS says that the parking-lot use has doubled since it first began keeping records in April. The decks are intended to serve as park-and-ride lots for commuters and Charlotte visitors wishing to ride the LYNX and to avoid high parking fees in uptown Charlotte. The decks were designed with future growth in mind, with planners anticipating that the University City Blvd deck would draw many users because of its location just south of the I-85-University City Boulevard interchange. Why charge? While other parking facilities and decks along the 19-mile LYNX line are free, University City parking decks offer free parking only to people who have purchased all-day, weekly or monthly LYNX passes. All other parking-deck customers, including LYNX riders with one-way and round-trip tickets, must pay $10 to park. CATS chose to charge at the two University City stations because of concern that UNC Charlotte students seeking to avoid campus parking fees would fill up the decks if parking was free, then ride the LYNX to campus. The campus has no free parking. Student parking permits cost $290 per semester or $464 for two semesters. Visitors and students without parking permits must park in the five campus decks. Rates run from $5 for the first hour to $15 for the...
LYNX security and rider efforts create safe journey

LYNX security and rider efforts create safe journey

From uniformed and plain-clothed police to security cameras and smart-phone apps, the Charlotte Area Transit System works hard to keep our light-rail riders safe. That effort has paid off. A check of police calls for the past six months finds virtually no reports of criminal activity at University City’s North Tryon Street three transit stations and two parking decks.   A team effort University City Partners recently spoke with BJ Johnson, with CATS Safety and Security, about its extensive security program for the 19-mile LYNX Blue Line in general and for University City stations and decks in particular. Johnson emphasized that safety is a partnership between CATS, police and riders. “All are responsible for security,” Johnson said, “so we at CATS and the police do our part, and we encourage patrons to do their part.”   Patrols Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have more than 80 uniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolling the line 24 hours a day. CATS has its own private security company patrolling. as well, and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department also helps. Officers regularly monitor the system, whether by riding trains, patrolling stations and parking decks or observing the system remotely. Many officers are in uniform, while others may be in plain clothes and riding in the seat next to another LYNX passenger.   Technology Multiple cameras monitor every station, parking area and train car. All stations, decks and park-and-ride-lots have blue-light emergency phones; each train has emergency call buttons. Police monitor the cameras, phones and buttons and can dispatch help immediately.   Parking areas Decks and park-and-ride lots also have security cameras and blue-light phones. Police regularly...