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Light Rail Repairs Delayed

CATS announced on Monday, Oct. 15, that the light rail will operate on modified service for at least one more week while repairs are made to the overhead catenary system (OCS). The OCS was damaged during Hurricane Michael last Thursday when a tree fell on it near 12th Street.

Trains will run between UNC Charlotte and Sugar Creek station and from Scaleybark Station to I-485. There is a bus bridge in place between Sugar Creek and Scaleybark, providing dedicated bus service for rail riders. Please allow extra travel time if your route will require you to use the bus bridge.

Please also note that CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar service is suspended while repairs are being made, but Gold Line stations are accessible via CATS local bus service on routes 9-Central Avenue, 15-Randolph Road and 27-Monroe Road.

For the latest information follow @CATSRideTransit on Twitter, visit or call the CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).

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Trains arrive every 8 minutes during peak hours.

11 new stations, including 2 on campus and 1 at Center City.

Students pay $25/semester. Faculty/staff can opt-in for $75/year.

11 Park & Ride facilities; 4 along the extension.

22-minute commute from UNC Charlotte to Uptown.

CATS all-access transit passes are now available for purchase through Parking and Transportation Services.

  • Permanent Faculty and Staff: You may make your purchase via payroll deduction or credit card through your MyPark account, the same system through which you may have purchased your parking permit. Purchases made via payroll deduction will be post-tax.
  • Temporary Employees: You may make your purchase by credit card through MyPark or by visiting the PaTS office to enroll in payroll deduction. Please note: Purchases made via payroll deduct will be post-tax and can only take place in the PaTS office. A form from Human Resources stating your work assignment will be required for payroll deduction.
  • Faculty Emeriti: You may make your purchase online through MyPark or by visiting the PaTS office.
  • Distance-Learning Students: You may make your purchase by credit card through MyPark or by visiting the PaTS office. If you are unsure if you have paid the Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge, please check your most recent tuition and fees statement via Banner Self Service
  • Business Affiliates/Campus Partners (not including CRI Business Partners): You may make your purchase by visiting the PaTS Office and paying by check or credit card. You will need your University sponsor to complete a form before you can purchase a CATS all-access transit pass. Your sponsor should email to request the form electronically. 
  • CRI Business Partners: Please contact Gail Keene at 704-687-8286 or to obtain a pass.