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Overview - Charlotte

Located just east of the Catawba River, Charlotte is the seat of Mecklenburg County and the largest city in North Carolina by population. It has approximately 859,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2017. The Charlotte metropolitan area (Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia) comprised 2,525,305 residents as of the 2017 US Census Bureau Estimate.

Charlotte's rapid transit network consists of a single light rail service. It also has a modern streetcar service.

Charlotte Area Transit System - LYNX Light Rail

Opened 2007, Charlotte's Light Rail network (LYNX) consists of a light rail service and a modern streetcar service that serve the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

LYNX Blue Line

The LYNX Blue Line is a light rail service with 26 stations on a 31.1 km North-South alignment, running from UNC Charlotte in the north to I-485/South Boulevard in Sterling in the south.

The LYNX Blue Line was opened in November 2007 and the last expansion to the line was in March 2018, when the northern portion of the line opened. The LYNX Blue Line is owned and operated by the Charlotte Area Transit System.

ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Blue15'7.5'15-20'20'Saturdays: 15' midday; 20' morning/evening

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 09, 2020

CityLYNX Gold Line

The CityLYNX Gold Line is a modern streetcar service with 6 stops on a 2.4 km East-West alignment, running from CTC/Arena in the west to Hawthorne & 5th in the east

The CityLYNX Gold Line was opened in July 2015. As of June 3, 2019, the line is closed for upgrading into a modern streetcar line. It will reopen together with Phase 2 of the line. The CityLYNX Gold Line is owned and operated by the Charlotte Area Transit System.

References & Helpful Links

Charlotte Area Transit System at Wikipedia

Official Website for LYNX Light Rail: Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)


All Official Maps - Charlotte Area Transit System [Last Accessed Jan 09, 2020]

Official Line Map - LYNX Blue Line [JPG] [Last Accessed Jan 09, 2020]

Official Line Map - CityLYNX Gold Line [JPG] [Last Accessed Jan 09, 2020]

Other Sources

Charlotte, USA at

Asset Notes

LYNX line colors taken from official strip maps as of March 2019.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2020

Old Maps
Note: Not all maps reflect changes in service. Older maps may contain inaccuracies.
2019 04 v12019 05 v12020 01 v1

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2019 04 v1 - 2019 05 v1: ! Adjustment: Map Template Change
2019 05 v1 - 2020 01 v1: x Temporary Closure: CityLYNX Gold Line