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Shared Bus-Bike Lane Pilot

On December 16, CATS and Charlotte Department of Transportation  implemented a dedicated bus/bike lane on East 4th Street.  The dedicated lane consists of 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 included:                                                                                                              

  • 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

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. 

The 4th Street dedicated bus/bike lane has been implemented indefinitely.  CATS and CDOT are currently collaborating on second bus lane pilot along Central Avenue."

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Floating Bus Stop Platform Pilot​

​In addition to the bus/bike lane, CDOT and CATS are partnering to pilot a series of “floating bus stop” platforms along segments of 4th St. Floating bus stops are designed to allow buses to make in-lane stops without disrupting the flow of the bicycle lane. Bicyclists will continue to travel in a dedicated lane, but must yield once approaching a bus stop to allow for bus passenger pickup/drop off.

These platforms are designed to allow buses to make in-lane stops without disrupting the flow of the bicycle lane. They will be located on Church Street and on Tryon Street.

Floating Bus Stop Platform Pilot​

Frequently Asked Questions

A shared bicycle/bus lane is a lane of traffic along a corridor dedicated for exclusive use by buses, bicyclists, and other designated modes of transit.

​This pilot program will prioritize buses, which move a large number of people compared to single-occupancy vehicles.

The shared bus/bike lane will be restricted to CATS, school buses, scooter and bicycle use only. Emergency vehicles will also be able to use this lane when necessary.

4th Street was selected for the pilot program because of the high-volume frequency of bus trips to/from the Charlotte Transportation Center, as well as the capacity of the road.

​A survey will soon be available to obtain feedback from the public regarding the pilot program. Data gained from the pilot and survey will help identifying opportunities to implement similar pilot programs in other bus corridors throughout Charlotte.


Drivers and cyclists should look for signs and pavement markings that will define the bus/bike lane. Drivers should yield the right of way to vehicles traveling in the bus/bike lane when changing lanes to make a right turn.

While the pilot program is in effect, paint striping will be modified as necessary along 4th Street to define the bus/bike lane from the general-purpose travel lanes.

​Things to Remember

  • ​ALWAYS yield to people in crosswalks. 
  • NEVER pass a school bus if its red lights are flashing. Wait until the lights have stopped. 
  • Always look first for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning, especially when driving at night. 
  • When preparing to make a right turn, pass bicyclists leaving four feet of space. 
  • Pullover or stop at an intersection to allow an emergency vehicle to pass if you see one traveling with lights flashing and/or a siren running.

  • ​Look for cars in all directions – including those turning right – before crossing the street or parking lot. 
  • Obey all pedestrian traffic signals. 
  • Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. At bus stops, cross behind the bus or at the nearest crosswalk. 
  • At night, walk in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight or wear something reflective to be more visible.
  • ​​Wear a helmet. 
  • Obey all traffic signals and stop at “Stop” signs and red lights. 
  • Use hand signals to indicate when turning. 
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night and be as visible as possible.