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/UNC Charlotte at North Tryon Street, and the UNC Charlotte Main Station along Cameron Boulevard at Wallis Hall (near North Deck) 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, provide an alternative to using automobiles.
The enhanced connectivity and convenient access to campus for work, performing arts, athletic events, festivals and other activities is 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 (CATS), the federal government, the citizens of Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina – is deeply and directly invested in this project.
Benefits of Light Rail
The LYNX Blue Line is the Charlotte region's first light rail service; it opened in 2007. With the addition of the extension, the line operates along 18.6 miles, from I-485 at South Boulevard to the UNC Charlotte campus. With 26 stations, including 11 park-and-ride locations, the LYNX Blue Line provides a congestion-free commute with a consistent travel time.
Practical benefits of using light rail include:
- Affordable alternative to driving and parking on and off campus
- Relief from congested traffic
- Consistent travel time
- Environmentally clean, affordable transportation
- Close proximity to arenas, clubs, museums and employment centers
- Increased economic development and property values