Transportation & Mobility

Adjacent to I-85 and I-485, just 10 minutes from I-77, 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte, and 20 minutes from CLT Airport makes University City an ideal location for business. Understandably, University City has one of the lowest commute/travel times average in the region. Over the next 8-10 years, the city, county, state and federal governments are investing more than $2.4 billion in infrastructure in the University City area in roads, highways, light rail and greenways.




Light Rail Riders by 2020

Major Interstates (1-77, I-85, I-485)

Minutes to Uptown by Light Rail




Minutes to CLT International Airport

Public Transit Routes

Minutes Average Commute Time


Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is within a 20-minute drive from University City. It ranks sixth in the world based on the volume of airport activity and is the 11th largest airport in the nation based on passenger totals. It is a major hub for the world’s largest airline, American Airlines. View Interactive map with daily flights from Charlotte.

Concord Regional Airport (JQF) is within a 10-minute drive of University City and is an exceptional general aviation facility. Concord Regional Airport’s proximity to I-85 puts it in the heart of the highest growth corridor in North Carolina. Concord Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Concord.

Businesses with private jets and special arrivals will appreciate knowing that the heart of University City is just 20 minutes via I-85 from Charlotte’s gateway for business, Wilson Air Center. The executive terminal features plentiful parking, ramp/streetside concierges and luxuriously appointed facilities with two private conference rooms and a private VIP lobby with direct ramp access. Learn More.

Public Transportation

Bus/Park-n-Ride – The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) operates more than 70 routes, transporting more than 22 million passengers each year. Local and regional routes link communities to jobs, medical facilities and entertainment. With more than thirty local routes and twelve express routes, CATS is safe, convenient, and affordable. Current bus schedules can be found on the CATS website.

Blue Line Extension – Charlotte’s Lynx Blue Line, a light-rail transit service, offers services from uptown to University City with enhanced shuttle service in the park to facilitate access for riders. View the Mobility Map to see a list of transit stations and connecting bus routes.

Greenway System

University City has the largest greenway network in the region with over 12 miles connecting UNC Charlotte through the University Research Park and beyond. In 2017, the greenways will soon connect neighborhoods and parks to the Lynx Blue Line light rail system. View a Map of our Greenways.