The LYNX Blue Line Extension allows for a new dimension of connectivity between UNC Charlotte and the neighborhoods and business districts along the Blue Line as far south as Pineville. Light rail also provides greater accessibility for the citizens of the region to the resources of the University.
New light rail stations at Ninth Street – beside UNC Charlotte Center City – J.W. Clay at North Tryon Street and Cameron Boulevard at Wallis Hall (near North Deck) will bring the convenience of light rail to the University doorstep. And as part of the Blue Line Extension, eight other new light rail stations – and related bus routes -- will provide an alternative to using automobiles.
The prospect of bringing more people to and from campus for work, performing arts, athletic events, festivals and other activities will prove revolutionary for students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors.
UNC Charlotte showed its commitment to light rail by the granting of the right-of-way for the campus portion of the line. This right-of-way and other infrastructure totaled more than $6 million. So, UNC Charlotte – like Charlotte Area Transit System, the federal government, the citizens of Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina – is deeply and directly invested in this project.
Light Rail Connects Us: Safety Tips During Construction
UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) continue preparing the campus for light rail’s arrival. This summer will bring an increase in construction traffic, periodic traffic disruption and several active construction sites.
Below are some safety tips and more information about what you can expect to see:
- Trains will travel to campus and stop at stations as CATS tests the system. This will usually take place during evening hours.
- As testing begins, you will see gates lowered across roadways to allow the train to pass. Observe all signals and signs in these areas.
- Barriers will begin to be removed near the light rail station on campus. Remember the train is not open for passenger service. Stay off the station platform and away from any parked trains.
- Do not walk on or near the light rail tracks except at designated pedestrian crossings.
- Expect an increase in construction traffic on campus. Stay alert when walking, and be mindful of any changes in traffic patterns.
- Pay attention when near active construction sites. Look for signage that will mark alternative pedestrian routes.