On March 16, the Lynx Blue Line extension connects Uptown Charlotte with UNC Charlotte, almost doubling the light rail's previous distance—from 9.6 miles to 18.9 miles—adding 11 new stops and reaching new neighborhoods such as NoDa and University City.
You can celebrate this momentous occasion with a week full of events centered around the Blue Line.
March 17: Head to the J.W. Clay Boulevard station with the kiddos for an entertaining first train ride with Norm the Niner, the Chick-fil-A cow and Charlotte Motor Speedway's Lug Nut from 9-11 am. Kids ages 12 and younger can ride the train for free.
Also on St. Pat's Day, adults will appreciate discounts at area businesses located within walking distance of the University City Boulevard, McCullough Drive and J.W. Clay Boulevard stations.
March 19: Fill up on coffee and donuts as you rub elbows with Charlotte policeman on the morning commute; park for free in the Lynx s parking deck at the University City Boulevard station and enjoy good cheer from 7-8:30 am. Officers will have free copies of UNC's Mobility Map to help you navigate around the area via light rail, buses, bike share, car share and campus shuttles.
March 20: University City Partners hosts a free breakfast and small business networking event to discuss LYNX-related business development and resources for small businesses in Charlotte. It takes place from 7:30-9 am at the Camino Community Center, a quick walk from the University City Boulevard station.
If you wish to check out the trains in action before you ride, UNC Charlotte and Greek Life are hosting an Instagram photo contest (from March 16-24) for students to get into the spirit. Follow this unique look into the light rail experience at #ridethetrain.
The Lynx charges the same fare as Charlotte's bus service—$2.20 each way—but commuters now have a speedier way to reach their destinations. The aforementioned route from Uptown to UNC Charlotte takes just 22 minutes.