Transit Planning


May 14, 2014                                                  

Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496 



Charlotte, N.C─ As Center City Charlotte busily prepares for the roar of engines and visitors at the 2014 Coca-Cola Speed Street  May 22-24, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is gearing up bus and rail service for the large crowds anticipated during race week.
CATS will operate the 80X Concord Express from Center City Charlotte to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17 and the Coca Cola 600 on May 25. “CATS will offer express service for both races for a quick, hassle-free way to get to Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Larry Kopf, CATS’ Chief Operations Planning Officer.  
Route 80X Concord Express will make stops near the NASCAR Hall of Fame and major hotels on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, McDowell Street, Fourth Street,  College Street and Trade Street. See attached map for bus stop locations. Roundtrip bus fare is $8 per person. Passengers may bring small coolers that fit on their laps, but no eating or drinking are permitted while on the bus.  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 can pay exact fare on the bus or stop by the Charlotte Transportation Center, located at 310 E. Trade St., to buy their bus passes in advance. Race fans can also park for free at any of the LYNX Blue Line park and ride lots, take the train to the Transportation Center and walk downstairs to catch the 80X Concord Express on Fourth street.
On Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23, the LYNX Blue Line will operate every 10 minutes from 3:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with two-car trains. On Saturday, May 24, trains will operate every 10 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. with two-car trains. Extra trains will be staged uptown to provide additional service after the concerts end each night.
Because of street closures, many of CATS’ bus routes will be on detour the days of the Coca-Cola Speed Street Festival.  Customers are urged to check www.ridetransit.org or call CATS Customer Service at 704-336-7433 for detour information.
CATS Safety and Security will be out in full force, including CMPD Transit Officers, Company Police and CATS Safety and Security Staff, to ensure passengers travel safely to and from events. The Trade Street side of the Transportation Center will close in the evening to reduce foot traffic and maintain traffic control from Thursday, May 22 through Saturday, May 24. Passengers should enter the Transportation Center from Fourth Street.
CATS reminds everyone “If You See Something, Say Something.” Be on the lookout for suspicious packages or persons. Call 911 immediately to report what you see.