University City Connects to the World.

University City is one of the most easily traversed areas of Charlotte. With two interstate highways connecting in University City and access to a third interstate within 10 minutes, drivers have excellent access to the regional highway system. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a short 20 minute ride via I-85 and the Concord Regional Airport is within 10 minutes from University City. Getting around in University City is about to get a whole lot easier. New light rail infrastructure (under construction) creates opportunity for University City to develop into a more dense urban, transit oriented community that will enhance bicycling and walking in the community.

Getting Around in University City

Whether you need to reach far corners of Charlotte or destinations around the globe, you’ll appreciate our solid network of interstates, two nearby airports and dependable light rail service! Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 20 minutes west via I-85. Rapidly growing Concord Regional Airport, also offering regular jet passenger service, is just 10 minutes east.

Getting to Center City and beyond became dramatically faster even at rush hour with the opening of our  $1.1 billion LYNX light-rail line along North Tryon Street. An additional benefit: Light rail service has encouraged walkable urban-scale development in our main business corridor.

Click here to view our Mobility Map which details our light-rail transit and connecting bus routes.

Major Investments Bring New Roads, Rail and Trails

University City and Charlotte’s northeast corridor are benefitting from more than $2 billion in city, county, state and federal transportation and related improvements.

The state of North Carolina recently completed the final leg of Charlotte’s I-485 Outer Loop through University City.  In 2018, University City welcomed light rail service, connecting University City to Uptown and South Charlotte. The light rail service complements a robust bus transit service throughout the community. The city also invested in new streets, sidewalks and bike infrastructure to add greater connectivity from the light rail to neighborhoods and business centers. And, the county is investing in two new greenways which will be part of the 26-mile Cross Charlotte Trail and new parks.






Minutes to Charlotte Douglas Int’l Airport

Minutes to Concord Regional Airport

Minute Travel Time to Uptown by Light Rail

Light Rail Riders by 2020





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

Public Transit Bus Routes

Minute Average Commute Time

Road & Rail Projects Under Construction

CATS offering rider “rewards” worth up to $25

Frequent transit riders can earn rewards up to $25 with a new program offered by the Charlotte Area Transit System. Through Feb. 28, CATS customers can earn a reward valued at $5 for 10 round trips, a $10 reward for 15 round trips, or a $25 reward for 25 or more round trips. The rewards can be redeemed at more than 50 retailers and nonprofits listed at the program’s website. To take part, you must download the Way2Go CLT... read more

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... read more