Center City Transportation Plan

Center City:
A Destination of Choices

Center City Charlotte. It's where you live, work, eat, shop and play. Choices are boundless. You can live in a quiet neighborhood or a bustling high-rise. You can watch a basketball game or an opera.

The plan is available for review under project documents. The recent products of the plan include:

  • The Uptown Pedestrian and Vehicular Wayfinding System
  • The I-277/Caldwell Street/South Boulevard Interchange
  • The conversion of South Brevard and South Caldwell Streets to two-way operations
  • The installation of pedestrian and bicycle improvements on the South Tryon Street bridge over I-277  

Projects underway include:

  • West Fourth Street Extension- Conversion from four lanes to two lanes with bike lanes from Johnson and Wales Way to South Summit Avenue
  • Johnson & Wales Way- Reconfigure to remove high-speed transitions
  • South Tryon Street- Conversion from four lanes to three lanes with bike lanes and wider sidewalks between Stonewall Street and Carson Boulevard
  • South Mint Street- Conversion (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Trade Street) as well as Poplar Street (Third Street to Sixth Street) to two-way with the opening of Romare Bearden Park.
  • I-277 underpass and overpass improvements
  • Implementation of the Pedestrian and Vehicular Wayfinding System and Parking Guidance System
  • Implementation of the Curb Lane Management Study Pilot Project
  • Development of the I-277/I-77 Uptown Loop Study

Find Your Way Charlotte

Find Your Way Charlotte is a part of an overall wayfinding system that improves access to Uptown Charlotte called the Wayfinding and Parking Guidance System. The signage helps motorists, pedestrians, residents and visitors more easily identify entertainment attractions, sports venues and nearby parking locations. It includes signs along Charlotte's Uptown Loop (I-77 and I-277) as well as Uptown streets.

Charlotte’s wayfinding system includes both pedestrian and vehicular signage.  A “family of signs”  was developed to provide directional information to venues through color and destination information. Consistent use of four district colors (defining the north, south, east and west quadrants of Uptown) meets the motorists’ needs to travel from the freeway to a destination and to nearby parking. Pedestrian signs then guide residents and visitors to destinations and city attractions.

The sytem's signs include a distinctive “P” parking sign with a blue lighted background. It is intended to provide visitors and residents real-time parking information at parking decks. View a map of Uptown Parking Decks. In addition, five Gateway signs entering Uptown from the freeways will display a variety of messages.

The selection of “messages” for wayfinding and parking signs is based on Federal and State standards and experience.  Visibility requirements define font size, color, reflectivity and style to ensure legibility with design speed and age of average user as other determinants of sign message characteristics.



Vivian Coleman

Project Documents

Center City Transportation Plan