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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 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.

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Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 30, 2021

CityLYNX Gold Line

The CityLYNX Gold Line is a modern streetcar service with 17 stops on an Northwest-Southeast alignment, running from French St in the northwest to Sunnyside Av in the southeast.

The CityLYNX Gold Line was opened in July 2015, closed June 3, 2019, and reopened as a modern streetcar as part of Phase 2 in August 2021, being extended to French St and Sunnyside Av. 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 Aug 30, 2021]

Official Line Map - LYNX Blue Line [JPG] [Last Accessed Aug 30, 2021]

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

Other Sources

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Asset Notes

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

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Old Maps
Note: Not all maps reflect changes in service. Older maps may contain inaccuracies.
2019 04 v12019 05 v12020 01 v12021 09 v1

+ : Line/Station Extension/Opening | x : Line/Station Closure | = : Other Service Change | ! : Map change unrelated to service changes


2019 04 v1 - 2019 05 v1: ! Adjustment: Map Template Change
2019 05 v1 - 2020 01 v1: x Temporary Closure: CityLYNX Gold Line
2020 01 v1 - 2021 09 v1: + Opening: CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 (including reopening of temporarily closed section)