Projects & Transit Planning

​CATS is conducting a study to identify future service opportunities and transit projects for bus rapid transit (BRT) in Charlotte's North Corridor. The corridor includes the Towns of Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson in Mecklenburg County and Mooresville in Iredell County. 

Metro Rapid Sign

Throughout 2021, CATS and its consultant team will utilize existing data to determine the following:

  1. Enhancements to current MetroRAPID BRT service  
  2. Identify capital projects that complement the service


After completion of the study, potential enhancements may include:

  • Implementation of all-day service (including nights and weekends)
  • New CATS park and ride locations
  • New I-77 Express Lane Direct Connects
  • Integrated BRT stations into mixed use developments 

CATS held a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 23 to kick-off the study.

Click to view a recording of the WebEx presentation. 

Current MetroRAPID BRT service

  • Launched in 2020
  • Provides non-stop bus service from North Mecklenburg County to Uptown Charlotte
  • Utilizes the I-77 Express Lanes at no additional cost to the rider
  • There are currently four MetroRAPID routes including: 48X Northcross, 53X Northlake, 63X Huntersville and 77X North Mecklenburg.

The North Corridor's long-term transit vision includes LYNX Red Line commuter rail service. Learn more about the Red Line and the history of transit planning in the North Corridor.  

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) 

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is a bus-based transit mode with greater reliability and faster travel-time than a conventional bus route. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of rail service with the lower cost and flexibility of bus service.