Charlotte students’ guide to transit (guest blog)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

This guide was created by Madeline Davis, Charlotte student and Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition intern in partnership with UNC Charlotte Parking and Transportation Services. 

What are the benefits of using public transportation?

Every penny spent on fuel counts. Take advantage of the access to CATS buses and LYNX light rail included in your Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge.

Every mile counts. Motor vehicles are the number one source of air pollution in North Carolina, so every mile in your personal vehicle matters! Even transitioning your weekend trips into the city from your personal vehicle to the LYNX blue line will help create a cleaner city.

Keep it moving. Using public transportation allows the ease of not having to battle through traffic. Allowing more time for yourself to read, learn a new language or catch up on the news, all while riding transit.

You’ve got options

The City of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte Parking and Transportation Services offers many options for students and community members alike.

Charlotte Area Transit System options

UNC Charlotte services

Other commuting options

Tips and tricks 

Get the CATS app. For immediate access to CATS resources and information, the CATS app offers tools to make your trip smoother like real-time tracking for some routes.  

Madeline head shotFirst-time rider?  Check out 7 tips for first-time riders created by Madeline Davis, Charlotte student, as part of her internship with Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.