All-Star Weekend Transit Service Impacts


NBA All-Star Weekend will take place Feb. 15-17, 2019.  During these dates, the Charlotte Transportation Center will be relocated to the surface parking lot across from the 7th Street Station parking deck.  The temporary transit center will provide:

  • Pass sales and information
  • Connections to other CATS bus routes
  • Heated customer waiting area
  • Restrooms
  • On site safety and security personnel


    CATS Bus Service   

At the relocated transportation center, customers can transfer to other bus routes. Express bus service will be located at Brevard Street between 7th and 8th Streets.  Express customers who typically board at the 4th St. side of the CTC will need to board express buses at this location. Look for the yellow sign that says, "Express Routes". Connections to the LYNX Blue Line can be made at 7th St. Station.




The SouthPark Community Transit Center will be closed Feb. 15-17.  The community transit center is located in the parking deck of SouthPark Mall between Belk and Dillard's. Bus service will be provided at existing CATS bus stops on Morrison Blvd.


 ​ Customer Service Hours:

CATS Pass Sales and Information

Friday, Feb. 15 – 5:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 & Sunday, Feb. 17– 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.


Lost and Found Office

Customer Service will accept lost and found items; however, customers cannot pick up items until Monday, Feb. 18th.


Transit IDs will not be made on these ​​​days.


    LYNX Blue Lin​e   

The LYNX Blue Line will operate during All-Star Weekend; however, additional security measures will be in place. Beginning at 5 p.m. till end of day service on Friday, Feb. 15, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, purses, backpacks, suitcases, large tote bags or bulky items will not be allowed on board LYNX trains or at station platforms.​​

After 5 p.m. each day, riders who choose to travel with their personal belongings should put them in a CLEAR bag. Any clear bag is acceptable. This will allow the customer to re-board LYNX at 3rd Street Station or 7th Street Station – after the security sweep – and continue their trip through the CTC/Arena Station.  All riders will be required to get off at 3rd Street or 7th Street stations; the train will then undergo a security sweep.  Riders with no bags or a clear bag will be allowed to re-board after the sweep and continue their trip.  Riders with belongings that are not in a clear bag will not be allowed to re-board the train and must walk to an open LYNX station to continue their trip.  This security measure will be in place until the end of service each night.​

During All-Star Weekend, customers traveling from I-485 to UNC Charlotte must exit at 3rd St. Station; Customers traveling from UNCC Main Station to I-485 must exit at 7th St. Station.  Customers can continue their trip after security sweep has been completed.

On Feb. 15-17 from 5:00 p.m. till end of day service each day, there will be no light rail service at CTC/Arena Station.  Customers will need to walk to 3rd St. or 7th St. Stations for light rail service.


    CityLYNX Gold Lin​e - Closed  ​

The CityLYNX Gold Line will not be operating Feb. 15-17. Service will be provided via CATS local bus service on routes 9 Central Ave., 15 Randolph Rd, and 27 Monroe Rd. Gold Line Stations will have signage at each station directing you to the nearest bus stop.


 ​  Where Do I Board?

CityLYNX Gold Line Station Bus Stop to Uptown Bus Stop to Novant Presbyterian Hospital
CTC/ArenaN/ATrade St. & Davidson St.
Davidson StreetTrade St. & Davidson St.Trade St. & Davidson St.
McDowell StreetTrade St. & McDowell St.Trade St. & McDowell St.
CPCCKings Dr. & Elizabeth Ave.Kings Dr. & Elizabeth Ave.
Elizabeth & Hawthorne4th St. & Elizabeth/Queens4th St. & Elizabeth/Queens
Hawthorne & 5th

4th St. & Elizabeth/Queens

(Rt. 15 bus stop)

4th St. & Elizabeth/Queens

(Rt. 15 bus stop)



​    How Do I Pay?

The LYNX Blue Line operates as a proof of payment fare collection system. You must have a ticket or pass with a valid date and time to ride.  Fare for the LYNX Blue Line is $4.40 for a roundtrip. Tickets can be purchased at self-service ticket vending machines (TVMs), located at each light rail station or use the CATS Pass Mobile Payment App for electronic tickets.


Customers riding a CATS bus will need to pay with cash on the bus, and you'll need exact change. Local bus fare is $2.20 per ride. Operators cannot make change and fareboxes do not accept credit cards. Transfers can be issued upon request once fare is paid.


​​​    What's the schedule?

Four hours before each days first All-Star event, The LYNX Blue Line will operate every 15 minutes.

CATS buses will operate according to their regular schedules.  Given the anticipated crowds, additional security measures, and traffic conditions, you should anticipate delays.  We ask that you please plan accordingly.


   Where Do I Park?

Customers can ride from any of 26 light rail stations, beginning at I-485/S. Blvd Station, through Uptown Charlotte to University City. Parking is available at eleven LYNX Blue Line Park and Rides.  Customers parking at University City Blvd. or J.W. Clay Blvd. parking garages must have a valid pass in order to use the park and ride. 


   Safety & Security

During All-Star Weekend, additional security measures will be in place.  If you see suspicious activity please report it to safety personnel, law enforcement​, or call 9-1-1.  Passengers are reminded to use the CATS SeeSay Elerts Mobile App to report suspicious activity directly to police.


For additional information, please visit ridetransit.org or call our customer service staff at 704-336-7433.



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