South End is a neighborhood on the go with a variety of ways to get around. Whether you prefer to read on the bus, chill on the train, keep it simple on two feet, rock a fixie or sweet neon spandex, the edge of town has you covered.
Consult Google Transit for a side-by-side comparison of all the options. In the meantime, here’s the quick and dirty on our bike share, bus, and light rail systems.
Charlotte B-Cycle made possible by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is the largest urban bike sharing system in the Southeast. With 200 blue bikes and 24 stations strategically placed throughout Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods from JCSU to Freedom Park, these B-Stations are convenient for your trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive.
South End has 3 bike share hubs at the Bland Street Light Rail Station, the East/West Light Rail Station, and the New Bern Station, and the rest of the system is just a short ride away. Purchase a membership here.
Ditch traffic, parking and high gas prices for a safe, convenient and affordable transportation option. The CATS bus system transports more than 22 million passengers each year across more than 70 routes, with most operating from 4:49 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and 5:25 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sundays. Twelve express routes provide quick transportation – with minimal stops – from the suburbs to the uptown area.
LYNX Blue Line
The LYNX Blue Line is the Charlotte region’s first light rail service. It operates from I-485 at South Boulevard, through Uptown Charlotte, and will connect to UNCC’s main campus in 2017. It operates as a proof of payment fare collection system, so a valid, date-stamped pass or ticket is required to ride and failure to present one could result in a citation of $50.
Weekday service operates from 5:26 a.m. to 1:26 a.m. and 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.