Progress report on NE Corridor Infrastructure projects

Progress report on NE Corridor Infrastructure projects

The city of Charlotte on Oct. 23 released this update on seven projects underway along the Blue Line Extension to improve connectivity between stations and nearby communities, whether traveling on foot, on bike or in a motor vehicle. The projects and several others comprise the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Improvement Program. Total cost of the projects will exceed $106 million when completed in the next few years.   J.W. Clay Boulevard streetscape Design is 90 percent complete, and real estate acquisition is expected to start in late 2018. During the real estate phase, the City acquires the property rights needed to build and maintain the improvements that were identified during the design phase. City real estate agents will reach out to affected property owners with information on the City’s real estate acquisition process. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. Project website   Rocky River Road West streetscape Real estate acquisition is almost complete and the site is being prepared for utility relocation. This will involve moving fences and clearing trees for utilities to make way for new poles, guy wires and overhead lines. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2019. Project website   25th Street connection This project is now in the utility relocation phase, during which utility infrastructure such as underground gas, water and sewer lines, as well as overhead power, telephone and television lines are moved as needed to make way for construction. By the end of the year, the City will invite contractors to submit bids to construct the project. Construction is expected to start by mid-2019. Project website   Parkwood...
UCity wins big with passage of Charlotte bonds

UCity wins big with passage of Charlotte bonds

Charlotte voters gave strong approval of $223 million in general obligation bonds on Tuesday that will fund major improvements in University City as well as the rest of Charlotte. Nearly $40 million will go just to continue improvements to streets, sidewalks and intersections along the LYNX Blue Line Extension, including a new bridge linking the University Research Park to the JW Clay Boulevard light-rail station. Here is the run-down of what voters approved and how University City will benefit.   Transportation Bonds – $118.08 million – Approved 69% to 31% The bonds will fund street and intersection projects, continued development of the Cross Charlotte Trail, upgrades to Charlotte’s traffic control system, pedestrian safety improvements, and repairs or construction of bridges, sidewalks and bikeways. Northeast corridor improvements In University City, about $27 million will go to ongoing improvements of streets, sidewalks and intersections along the Northeast Corridor that includes the LYNX Blue Line Extension. Previous bond packages in 2014 and 2016, plus a planned bond package in 2020, will provide a total of $106.6 million in improvements along the Northeast Corridor from uptown to University City. Bridge and bikeway over I-85 to link University Place and Research Park Another $9.7 million in the 2018 bond package will help build a revolutionary vehicle-bike-pedestrian roadway and bridge linking University Research Park to the JW Clay Blvd Transit Station, the North Tryon Street business corridor and UNC Charlotte. The total project will cost more than $25 million, including money approved by voters in 2014 and 2016. Construction is expected to start in 2020. GET DETAILS. Cross Charlotte Trail The 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail...
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...