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Best Modes Of Public Transportation In Charlotte

August 29, 2011 12:31 PM

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When it comes to getting around Charlotte, you have many choices! Public transportation makes outings wonderful because you leave the driving to someone else! Take a look at some of the coolest ways to get around the “Queen City” in style!

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail

As the The first rapid transit system for North Carolina, LYNX Blue Line Light Rail helps many get from one place to another in smooth and affordable style! Charlotte’s initial phase of the light rail connects South Charlotte with Uptown Charlotte and Center City museums, entertainment, nightlife and sporting events. The LYNX runs ten miles south parallel to I-77 and South Boulevard; the 10 mile South Corridor line operates seven days a week from 5am to 1am serving 15 stations.

Cost: $1.75; Children under five ride free and youth grades K-12 ride for 85¢.

Phone: (704) 336-RIDE

Website: www.charmeck.org/deparments/CATS/LYNX

Charlotte Trolley

Hop on this trolly and learn about Charlotte’s rise as an industrial and financial leader! The two-mile scenic runs this trolly makes take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It shares the same tracks as the light rail and service includes stops from Tremont Street in South End to Ninth Street in Center City.

Cost: $1.50 each way. Children under five ride free.

Phone: (704) 375-0850

www.charlottetrolley.org

Gold Rush

Take a step in a historic streetcar! It is complete with rubber wheels and fine detail! Routes that run up and down Tryon Street and west along Trade Street are convenient, fun and entertaining! The Gold Rush trolleys stop at marked bus stops at eight and fifteen minute frequencies from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cost: FREE

Phone: (704) 336-RIDE

Website: www.charmeck.org/deparments/CATS

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus Service

CATS currently operates more than 40 county-wide bus line routes and services over 18 million passengers a year. Service options from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. are available to the public with very recognizable stops throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. The Sprinter service provides a direct connection between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Center City Charlotte.

Cost: $1.75 each way. $2.40 each way for Express Routes. Children under five ride free and youth grades K-12 ride for 75¢.

Phone:(704) 336-RIDE

Website: www.charmeck.org/deparments/CATS

Cicely C. Mitchell

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