Shared Bus-Bike Lane Pilot
On December 16, CATS and Charlotte Department of Transportation will implement a dedicated bus/bike lane on East 4th Street. The dedicated lane will use the existing bike lane and the rightmost travel lane to create a single combined bus/bike lane between South McDowell and the Charlotte Transportation Center.
Goals of the shared bus/bike lane pilot are:
- Quicker and reliable bus trips for CATS Commuters
- Safer cycling for bicyclists
- Reduce the conflict between cars and bus/bikes by creating a clear separation between these modes of transportation.
The pilot includes:
- Restricted use of the bus/bike lane for only CATS buses, school buses, bikes, and scooters.
- Cars may enter the lane only to make right turns only.
- No parking will be permitted on the east side of 4th Street
- General vehicle traffic will be maintained in the neighboring lanes
During the pilot, over 20 CATS local and express routes will use the dedicated bus/bike lane. The goal is to improve travel on these routes which make 396 weekday trips.
CATS Route Detours Include:
- Routes 6, 9, 14, 15, 20 & 27 will use the bus/bike lane all day.
- Several express routes, including 40X, 46X, 52X, 61X, 62X, 64X 65X and 74X will use the bus/bike lane during morning rush hour.
- Express Routes 41X, 48X, 53X, 77X, 82X, 85X and 88X will use the bus/bike lane during evening rush hour.
About the Pilot
During the pilot, we want to collect your feedback as well as data on a variety of performance measures. We will use this information to decide if this lane will become permanent.
We encourage Charlotte residents, local business members, bus riders, cyclists, motorists and pedestrians who regularly travel this route to provide feedback on their experiences in our survey.