Charlotte Transportation Center

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Charlotte Transportation Center
Intermodal passenger transport Transit Station
Charlotte Transportation Center Arena (LYNX station).jpg
A southbound train prepares to depart
Location310 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Coordinates35°13′30″N 80°50′29″W / 35.22500°N 80.84139°W / 35.22500; -80.84139
Owned byCharlotte Area Transit Systems
Platforms2 island platforms
2 side platforms
Bus routes44
Bus stands22
Structure typeAt-grade/Elevated
Bicycle facilitiesBicycle racks
Disabled accessYes
OpenedDecember 11, 1995 (1995-12-11) (bus)
November 24, 2007 (2007-11-24) (light rail)
July 14, 2015 (2015-07-14) (streetcar)
Preceding station   CATS   Following station
Lynx Blue Line
TerminusCityLynx Gold Line
  Former services  
Charlotte Trolley
toward 9th Street
The CityLynx Gold Line's double-island-platform stop for CTC/Arena, viewed from the Blue Line light rail station, with a streetcar ending a trip

The Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC), also known as Arena or CTC/Arena, is an intermodal transit station in Center City Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. It serves as the central hub for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) buses and connects with the LYNX Blue Line and CityLYNX Gold Line. It is located on East Trade Street, Fourth Street and Brevard Street. Notable places nearby include the Bank of America Corporate Center, Belk Theater, EpiCentre, Overstreet Mall and the Spectrum Center.


The CTC celebrated its grand opening on December 11, 1995, through a partnership with then-NationsBank. Its completion moved the central transfer point for all CATS buses from The Square, two blocks to the west to Trade Street. Reasons for the facility was an effort to improve traffic congestion along Tryon Street and provide transit riders a more efficient centralized transfer point.[1]

On November 24, 2007, the LYNX Blue Line station officially opened; as part of its opening celebration fares were not collected. Regular service with fare collection commenced on Monday, November 26, 2007.[2] The unique platform cover, made of synthetic materials and supported by curved steel, was originally scrapped due to high costs, but was later brought back and constructed after multiple Center City businesses donated money to make up the difference in construction costs.[3]

On July 14, 2015, the CityLYNX Gold Line was officially opened with its initial 1.5-mile (2.4 km), six-stop segment (Phase 1).[4]


The CTC has 20 internal bus bays and two external bus bays that operates 44 bus routes (local and express).[5][6] In addition, the Gold Rush Red Line, a free shuttle service, connecting to Johnson & Wales University and Johnson C. Smith University, along Trade Street.[7]

The CityLYNX Gold Line, located at the intersection of East Trade Street and Brevard Street, is a streetcar line that connects to Central Piedmont Community College and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. It operates everyday with a 15-minute frequency (20-minute after 7:00pm).[7] Access to the streetcar is by two island platforms, one facing westbound and one facing eastbound.

The LYNX Blue Line, located on an elevated platform above East Trade Street, is a light rail line that connects to South End and several park and ride lots along South Boulevard.[6] It operates everyday with 10 to 30-minute frequency, depending on time of day.[8] Access to the Blue Line station is by stairs or elevator from inside the CTC and then by outdoor walkway along the light rail tracks. The station is covered by a roof made of synthetic materials and supported by curved steel; side platforms, which sit on either side of the tracks, are used to access the trains.[3]

Connection to the Amtrak Charlotte Station, located 2 miles (3.2 km) from CTC, is via CATS Bus 11 (North Tryon). Connection to the Greyhound bus station, located at the future Gateway Station and .6 miles (0.97 km) from CTC, is via the Gold Rush Red Line, several CATS Buses or by foot along Trade Street.


The CTC is open from 4:50am till 1:30am daily. The facility includes the following restaurants and shops: Bojangles', Burger King, China Shuttle, Cricket Wireless, Lil' Orbits, Plaza Sundries and Subway. In the center of the CTC is CATS Customer Service, which includes lost and found, pass sales, transit IDs and information. Public restrooms are also available on site. For safety, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has an expeditor unit on site.[9]

Public art[edit]

As part of the CATS Art in Transit program, the CTC/Arena features several pieces intended to provide a better overall aesthetic for the station. The works include bas-reliefs entitled Gingko by Alice Adams, drinking fountain basins designed to look like dogwoods, the North Carolina state flower, by Nancy Blum, the Trade Street bridge supports entitled Bobbins pays hommage to Charlotte's textile industry was created by Andrew Leicester, Bobbins and track fencing featuring cottonwood leaves by Shaun Cassidy.[10]


  1. ^ Powell, Dannye Romine (December 12, 1995). "Checked out the Transit Center". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1C.
  2. ^ Harrison, Steve; Valle, Kristen (November 25, 2007). "Light rail, heavy traffic - Thousands wait in lines for a free ride on 1st day". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1A.
  3. ^ a b Harrison, Steve (June 17, 2007). "Rail's early opening hinges on one station - Uptown stop must be complete before any part of line can open". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1B.
  4. ^ Harrison, Steve; Portillo, Ely (July 14, 2015). "Charlotte's Gold Line streetcar shimmers on first run". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "CATS Maps - CTC Bus Bay Map". Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Charlotte Riders Guide" (PDF). Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Gold Rush Cirulator Service" (PDF). Charlotte Area Transit System. June 27, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "LYNX Routes & Schedules". Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Transit Centers". Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "CTC/Arena Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on March 23, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.

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