Transit Planning
Take the Lead and Get to the NASCAR Races Faster With Direct Shuttle Bus Service

Immediate Release - May 13, 2013

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is teaming up with Charlotte Motor Speedway to make getting to and from the speedway quicker and easier for race fans with direct shuttle service to the track.  “It’s a quick, hassle-free and stress-free way for race fans to get to the speedway,” said Larry Kopf, CATS’ Chief Operations Planning Officer.   

The race shuttle service to the track will operate from noon to 6:00 p.m. for both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18 and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 26.  The shuttle buses will depart the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) and NASCAR Hall of Fame every 20 minutes and make stops at the Doubletree, Marriott, Omni and Blake hotels.

Priority routing will be used for buses to enter and exit the speedway. Both drop-off and pick-up locations at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be near the track’s main entrance. Return trips begin running immediately after the checkered flag as race fans make their way to the buses.  Passengers may bring small coolers that fit on their laps but no eating or drinking are permitted while on the bus.

Bus passes for the shuttle service are $8 round-trip per person for adults and $4 round-trip for youth, seniors and disabled. You can purchase your special event tickets at the CTC, located at 310 East Trade Street in Center City or online at www.ridetransit.org.

The LYNX Blue Line is a great way to get to Speed Street events in Center City May 23-25 without having to worry about parking. CATS will be running two-car trains all three days to accommodate the large crowds.  On May 23 and 24, trains will operate every 10 minutes between 3:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. On Saturday, May 25, trains will run every 10 minutes between 2:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

CATS reminds all commuters and race faces to be vigilant of your surroundings and “If You See Something, Say Something” to the nearest police officer or dial 911. To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org or call (704) 336-7433.