Transit Planning
Press Release
Contact: Judy Dellert-O’Keef 704-432-0477


Charlotte, N.C., February 24, 2011 - As thousands of fans make their way to the Queen City to attend the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament February 28 – March 5, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is ready to make sure visitors and commuters can get around safely and efficiently.

The Gold Rush Circulator is a free hop on-hop off service in Center City Charlotte. Service hours on the Gold Rush will be extended during the CIAA tournament to get attendees around the Uptown area.

The Gold Rush Red Line will continue to operate on its regular schedule between Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College during the CIAA tournament. The Orange Line will operate on Mint Street and Stonewall Street providing service to the Westin Hotel and the Residence Inn. The Arena/Uptown Loop will operate with stops on Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) near the Hilton Garden Inn and on McDowell Street near the Blake Hotel and to Johnson C. Smith University. The Arena/Uptown Loop will also service Johnson C. Smith University at night and Saturday during the CIAA tournament.
The changes to the Orange Line and the Arena/Uptown Loop and Johnson C. Smith University service will start at noon on Wednesday, March 2, through Friday, March 4 and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5. The adjusted schedule will continue until 11:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3 and until midnight Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.

The LYNX Blue Line will begin morning service at 4:50 a.m. on Friday, March 4, to get fans to The Yolanda Adams Morning Show broadcasting live from the Charlotte Convention Center during the CIAA Tournament. Fans using the LYNX Blue Line can utilize the Third Street/Convention Center Station to travel to the show. An addition train will run on Friday and Saturday evening, March 4 and 5, leaving the 7th Street Station at 1:30 a.m. to accommodate passengers leaving Uptown after CIAA events. Trains will operate on a 10-minute schedule on Saturday, March 5, starting at 11:00 a.m. until midnight.
In addition to the ticket vending machines at the LYNX stations, CATS staff will be on hand selling roundtrip passes at the Woodlawn Station Wednesday through Saturday in the late afternoon as tournament action heats up on the court at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tournament attendees can also purchase transit passes at the Charlotte Transportation Center located just across the street from the arena at 310 East Trade Street.
Remember to take the Sprinter enhanced bus service when you’re traveling to and from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. This service operates every 20 minutes from Center City Charlotte and every 30 minutes at night and on weekends. Just like the LYNX Blue Line, this service only costs $1.75 one way.
To learn more about CATS and its services, call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit us online at www.ridetransit.org.