CATS Services Impacted During NBA All-Star Weekend

Update:  

When catching LYNX trains after an event, riders heading northbound (towards UNC Charlotte Main Station) should board at 7th Street Station.  Riders heading southbound (towards I-485 Station) should board at 3rd Street Station.  This will expedite boarding trains and traveling to final destinations.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Area Transit System has announced major changes to transit operations for NBA All-Star Weekend.

To accommodate NBA All-Star Weekend, the Charlotte Transportation Center will be moved to the parking lot across from the 7th Street Station parking deck beginning Friday at 4am.

Customers can transfer to other bus routes at the relocated transit center. Express bus service will be located at Brevard Street between 7th and 8th Streets.  Express customers who typically board at the 4th St. side of the CTC will need to board express buses at this location. Look for the yellow sign that says, “Express Routes”. Connections to the LYNX Blue Line can be made at 7th St. Station.

Customers will have access to the following services at the temporary transit center:

  • Pass sales and information
  • Connections to other CATS bus routes
  • Heated customer waiting area
  • Restrooms
  • On site safety and security personnel

The SouthPark Community Transit Center will be closed February 15th-17th; however, bus service will still be available at existing CATS bus stops on Morrison Boulevard.

CATS buses will run on their regular schedule.  Riders are asked to anticipate delays due to the expected crowds, additional security measures, and traffic conditions.

Beginning four hours before each days first All-Star event at the Spectrum Center, the LYNX Blue Line will run every 15 minutes.

Riders who choose to travel with their personal belongings should put them in a clear bag.

All riders will be required to exit LYNX at the 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations for security sweeps.

Riders with no bag or a clear bag will be able to re-board LYNX at 3rd Street Station or 7th Street Station after the security sweep and continue on to the CTC/Arena Station.

Riders with items in an opaque bag will not be able to re-board the train and will have to walk to an open LYNX station.

Customers traveling from I-485 to UNC Charlotte must exit at the 3rd Street Station

Customers traveling from UNC Charlotte Main Station to I-485 must exit at the 7th Street Station.

After 5p.m. on February 15th-17th, until the end of the service day, there will be no light rail service at the CTC/Arena Station and customers will need to walk to either the 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations for light rail service.

The CityLYNX Gold Line will not be in operation February 15th-17th.  Local CATS buses will provide service on routes 9 Central Avenue, 15 Randolph Road, and 27 Monroe Road.  Signage at the Gold Line Stations will direct customers to the nearest bus stop each day.

Additional Security measures will be in place during All-Star Weekend.  CATS asks riders to report suspicious activity to safety personnel, CMPD, or 911.

Please see the information below for your route’s detour:

  • Rt. 1 (Outbound from All- Star)
    • R- 7th St
    • L- Church St
    • R- 6th St & continue straight onto 5th St
  • Rt. 1 (Inbound to All- Star)
    • Use the regular route to 5th St & Cedar St
    • Continue 5th St to College St
    • L- College St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 4 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • L- Caldwell St & resume the regular route
  • Rt. 4 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to Brevard St & 8th St
    • R- 8th St
    • L- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 5, 35 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • R- 7th St
    • L- Church St
    • R- Morehead St & continue straight to the regular route
  • Rts. 5, 35 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to College St & Trade St
    • Continue straight on College St to 8th St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 6 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • R- McDowell St & continue straight to the regular route
  • ​Rt. 6 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to 4th St & Davidson St
    • R- Davidson St
    • L- 8th St
    • L- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 7 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • R- 7th St
    • L- Church St
    • R- 6th St & continue straight to the regular route
  • Rt. 7 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to 5th St & Church St
    • Continue 5th St to College St
    • L- College St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 8, 34 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • R- 7th St
    • L- Church St
    • R- 6th St
    • L- Graham St
    • R- 4th St & resume the regular route
  • Rts. 8, 34 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to 4th St & Graham St
    • Continue 4th St to Mint St
    • R- Mint St
    • L- 3rd St
    • L- College St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 9, 27 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • R- McDowell St
    • L- Trade St & resume the regular route
  • Rts. 9, 27 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to Trade St & Davidson St
    • R- Davidson St
    • L- 8th St
    • L- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 10 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • R- McDowell St
    • R- 4th St
    • L- Caldwell St & resume the regular route
  • Rt. 10 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to Caldwell St & MLK Jr Blvd
    • L- MLK Jr. Blvd
    • R- College St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 11, 21 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • R- 7th St.
    • R- N. Tryon St. & resume the regular route
  • Rts. 11, 21 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to Church St. & 8th St
    • L- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 14, 15 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • R- McDowell St
    • L- 3rd St & resume the regular route
  • Rts. 14, 15 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to 4th St & Davidson St
    • R- Davidson St
    • L- 8th St
    • L- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 16 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • R- 7th St
    • L- Church St
    • L- Stonewall St
    • R- S. Tryon St & resume the regular route
  • Rt. 16 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to College St & Trade St
    • Continue College St to 8th St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 17 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St & continue straight to the regular route
  • Rt. 17 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to 7th St & Davidson St
    • Continue 7th St to Caldwell St
    • R- Caldwell St
    • L- 8th St
    • L- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 19 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • R- McDowell St
    • R- 4th St
    • L- Caldwell St
    • Continue the regular route to Morrison Blvd & Entrance to SouthPark Hotel
    • Continue straight on Morrison Blvd to Coca-Cola Plaza
    • R- Coca-Cola Plaza
    • R- Rexford Rd & layover in the curb lane if necessary
  • Rt. 19 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • R- Roxborough Rd
    • L- Morrison Blvd &
    • Continue the regular route to Caldwell St & MLK Jr Blvd
    • L- MLK, Jr Blvd
    • R- College St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rts. 22, 26 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • R- 7th St
    • L- Church St
    • R- 6th St
    • R- Graham St & resume the regular route
  • Rts. 22, 26 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to Graham St & 5th St
    • L- 5th St
    • L- College St
    • R- 8th St
    • R- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 23 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • L- Davidson St & resume the regular route
  • Rt. 23 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to Davidson St & 8th St
    • R- 8th St
    • L- into All-Star Relocation
  • Rt. 20 (Outbound from All-Star)
    • L- 7th St
    • R- McDowell St & continue straight to the regular route
  • Rt. 20 (Inbound to All-Star)
    • Use the regular route to McDowell St & 4th St
    • Continue McDowell St to 6th St
    • L- 6th St
    • R- Caldwell St
    • L- 8th St
    • L- into All Star Relocation

All changes are expected to last from 4am Friday morning until End of Service on Sunday.