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Charlotte Area Transit System and Lyft, the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the US, have partnered in a pilot project to connect riders to the first and last miles of their commute.  The collaboration will provide greater connectivity to jobs and education by supplementing affordable transportation on the first and last mile of a person's commute in areas where transit service may be too far away.  CATS will provide a $4.00 contribution toward the Lyft trip fee to/from the Parkwood Station and JW Clay/UNC Charlotte Station for trips taken within a geo-fenced area surrounding both stations. (maps pictured below)







 Connect to Your First / Last Mile in these Easy Steps: ​

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Two Ways to Participate

1. Purchase a monthly pass via CATSPass mobile app. Within 24 hours, a code will be activated in your Lyft app for use within the geo-fenced area. A monthly pass purchased through CATSPass provides 40 Lyft trips per month.


2. Enter the Lyft Station Code into the app. Riders with a current valid CATS/LYNX pass can enter the Station Code displayed at either participating station into your Lyft app for use within the geo-fenced areas. This option provides 2 Lyft trips per month while supplies last.

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  • For customers needing a wheelchair lift vehicle Call 980-721-3440 to schedule your trip

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Pick Your Station

A trip must originate or terminate at either of those two station locations AND end or start in the designated geo-fenced area surrounding each station. These areas were selected to fill gaps in the existing transit network in order to provide better access to the region's extended rail system. See attached maps for geo-fenced areas for each station.


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Pickup & Drop-off Locations

Each station will have a Lyft sign installed as illustrated below to designate the location to be picked up and dropped off by Lyft. Your Lyft trip must start or end at one of the two designated stations AND start or end in the geo-fenced area.

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  • JW Clay / UNC Charlotte Station Pickup/Drop-off Location adjacent to the bus bays located on the backside of the parking deck​
  • UCB Station: University City Blvd. Bus Bay ​
    • ​Please note: McCullough Station is NOT a drop off/pick up location

  • Parkwood Station: along North Brevard Street just off the station area.




Please Note: The customer is responsible for paying for any remaining fare in the app after the $4.00 contribution. To participate in either option the customer must have an active Lyft account while commuting to and from one of the designated LYNX stations.              

 Geo-Fenced Areas for Each Station:

​University City Blvd & JW Clay / UNC Charlotte Stations Area Map​

Geo fenced map for use of lyft at JW Clay station. 
Geo fenced map for use of lyft at JW Clay Station and University City Blvd. Station.

 The border consists of North Tryon Street to University City Boulevard moving west to Mallard Creek Road Ext. to Mallard Creek Road moving northeast to Salome Church Road back to University City Blvd. Please note: McCullough Station is NOT a drop off/pick up location. 

Parkwood Station Area Map

Geo fenced map for use of lyft at Parkwood station. 

Geo fenced map for use of Lyft at Parkwood Station. 

The border begins at North brevard at Parkwood Street.  West on 16th street bording Brookshire Freeway to i-85 north.  I-85 north to Altondo Avenue.  East on Altondo Avenue to North Tryon Street.  south on North tryon street to Matherson Street.  Matherson to North Brevard going back to the Parkwood Station