• CATS announces major changes ahead of NBA All-Star Weekend

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Officials with the Charlotte Area Transit System said they will be making service changes due to NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 15-17.

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    Here are a few of the updates CATS would like riders to be aware of (all updates will be in place from 5 p.m. until the end of the night each day):

    • Riders who choose to travel with their personal belongings should put them in a clear bag. Any clear bag is acceptable. This will allow you to re-board LYNX at 3rd or 7th Street Stations after the security sweep and continue your trip through the CTC/Arena Station.
    • All riders will be required to get off at 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations where the train will undergo a security sweep.
    • Riders with no bags or clear bags will be allowed to get back on and continue their trip.
    • Riders with belongings that are not in a clear bag will not be allowed back on and must walk to an open LYNX station to continue.


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    Transit Centers

    The Charlotte Transportation Center said it will be relocating to the parking lot across from the 7th Street parking deck.

    Along with catching a bus and transferring to other bus routes, CATS said they will provide riders with several amenities, such as pass sales and information, a heated customer waiting area, restrooms and on-site safety and security personnel.

    The SouthPark Community Transit Center, located below SouthPark Mall, will be closed and be re-routed to Morrison Boulevard.

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    Rail Service

    The LYNX Blue Line will run every 15 minutes, four hours before the start of the first All-Star event at the Spectrum Center.

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    CATS said the Blue Line will operate with additional security measures Feb.15-17 beginning at 5 p.m. each day until the end of the night:

    • People traveling from I-485 Station to UNC Charlotte Main Station must exit the train at 3rd Street Station.
    • People traveling from UNC Charlotte Main Station to I-485 Station must exit the train 7th Street Station.
    • After exiting there will be a security sweep of each train.
    • Riders will then be able to re-board and continue.
    • Purses, backpacks, suitcases, large tote bags or bulky items will not be allowed on board LYNX trains or at station platforms. 


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    LYNX will not stop at the CTC/Arena Station from 5 p.m. till the end of service each night during All-Star Weekend. Riders should catch trains at 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations.

    Officials said the CityLYNX Gold Line will not operate Feb. 15-17. Service will be provided via CATS local bus service on routes 9-Central Avenue, 15-Randolph Road, and 27-Monroe Road.

    Security

    Security will be increased during the weekend. CATS said riders should stay alert and report any suspicious activity by using the CATS See/Say app, calling 911 or notifying on-site safety and security.

    All riders must have a valid pass/ticket to ride CATS buses and LYNX trains.

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    For more information on routes, schedules, and how to ride during All-Star Weekend, visit here.

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