Using Light Rail

Safety - Look, Listen, and Live

Your safety on and near the LYNX Blue Line is CATS' #1 priority.  The following information will tell you how to stay safe on and around the streetcar and light rail systems.

  • Obey all traffic signals and signs. They are there for your safety, not as an inconvenience. 
  • Cross only at designated crosswalks. There are clearly marked signs showing you safe areas to cross the street.
  • Always hold your child's hand when waiting for the streetcar or light rail. 
  • Rail and recreation don't mix. Rail vehicles and tracks are not the places for partying, pranks, or horseplay. CATS wants you to enjoy your rail experience in a responsible way.
  • Keep away from all overhead wires that power trains. These high voltage wires will cause serious injury. 

Click here for more information on driving and bicycling near and across train tracks.


The LYNX Blue Line Extension begins at Seventh Street in Uptown Charlotte and continues to the Main Station at UNC Charlotte. Stations along the way are located at Ninth Street, Parkwood, 25th Street, 36th Street, Sugar Creek, Old Concord Road, Tom Hunter Road, McCullough Drive, JW Clay Boulevard and UNC Charlotte main, along Cameron Boulevard near Wallis Hall and the North Deck.

Key activity centers along the BLE route include Carolinas Medical Center – University, Historic North Davidson, UNC Charlotte Center City, Imaginon, Time Warner Cable Arena, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the Charlotte Transportation Center.

Hours of Operation

LYNX Blue Line currently operates seven days a week. Weekday service is from 5:26 AM to 1:26 AM. Service is available every 10 minutes during weekday rush hour and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. Weekend service operates every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during late night hours.

Level of service and service hours for the Blue Line Extension are still being finalized.


The Blue Line Extension includes four park-and-ride stations with approximately 3,000 spaces. On-campus parking requires UNC Charlotte parking permits or the use of campus parking decks.

Tickets and Passes

UNC Charlotte and CATS are working to create exclusive pass options for UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff.  Details regarding these options should be finalized in early 2017.

Code of Conduct

CATS maintain and enforces its own Code of Conduct 

Additionally, UNC Charlotte students using light rail and CATS buses also are governed by University Policy 406, The Code of Student Responsibility.


The Blue Line Extension onto campus has been designed and built to minimize noise and vibration that may affect classroom studies, work life, research facilities and residence life.