Navigating the Charlotte Light Rail

Even though many people walk, bike or drive to work, many Charlotteans also depend on the LYNX Blue Line to make it into Uptown. Not to mention, just having the light rail makes us feel like a real city – and a city that’s becoming more sustainable every day.


Below, follow the Blue Line through the city, station by station—to see what you can do at each stop for only $2.20 per ride.

1. I-485 Station

Must-see Stops: Carolina Pavilion (Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, AMC Carolina Pavilion 22); Steak ‘n Shake

2. Sharon Road West Station

Must-see Stops: Snyder’s-Lance Factory

Did You Know? The Snyder’s-Lance business began in Charlotte after a local businessman converted a raw peanut deal that had gone awry into a prolific snack brand.

3. Arrowood Station

Must-see Stops: Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits; Tamaleria Laurita; La Catracha Restaurant

Did You Know? The Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits franchise was founded in Charlotte in 1977.

4. Archdale Station

Must-see Stops: The Burrito Factory; 500 Degrees Pizzeria; Payal Indian Groceries & Spices

5. Tyvola Station

Must-see Stops: Bill Spoon’s Barbecue; Vietnam Grille; Fordham Park

Did You Know? Bill Spoon’s Barbecue opened in 1963, making it one of Charlotte’s oldest restaurants.

6. Woodlawn Station

Must-see Stops: Three Spirits Brewery; Rountree Plantation; Arepas Grill; Beef ‘N Bottle Steakhouse

7. Scaleybark Station

Must-see Stops: Queen Park Social; Great Wagon Road Distilling Company; The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

8. New Bern Station

Must-see Stops: Triple C Brewing Co.; Lenny Boy Brewing Co.; Mac’s Speed Shop

Did You Know? At 31,000 square feet, Lenny Boy Brewing Co.’s new South Tryon Street location is 530 percent larger than its original 4,900-square-foot space on Hawkins Street.

9. East/West Station

Must-see Stops: Tupelo Honey Café; Price’s Chicken Coop; Clair De Lune boutique

Did You Know?

Comedian Jay Leno has been spotted eating fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop while sitting on the curb of Camden Street.

10. Bland Street Station

Must-see Stops: Elder Gallery; Futo Buta; Wooden Robot Brewery; The Brass Tap

11. Carson Station

Must-see Stops: Midnight Diner; The Unknown Brewing Co.; Charlotte Cigar Club

Did You Know? Midnight Diner is open 24/7.

12. Stonewall Station

Must-see Stops: Levine Center for the Arts; JP Charlotte/The Westin Charlotte; Bank of America Stadium

13. 3rd Street/Convention Center Station

Must-see Stops: Charlotte Convention Center; Hilton Charlotte Center City; NASCAR Hall of Fame; Amélie’s French Bakery

Did You Know? The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the world’s only sports hall of fame of its kind.

14. 7th Street Station

Must-see Stops: 7th Street Public Market; ImaginON: The Joe & Joan Martin Center; Levine Museum of the New South

15. Charlotte Transportation Center/Arena Station

Must-see Stops: The EpiCentre; Spectrum Center; The Punch Room/The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

New Light Rail Stops

1.  9th Street Station

Must-see Stops: UNC Charlotte Center City Campus; First Ward Park

Did You Know? First Ward Park is one of more than 200 parks located in the Charlotte region.

2.  Parkwood Station

Must-see Stops: Abari Game Bar; Joe’s Doughs; MoNA Gallery

3.  25th Street Station

Must-see Stops: Free Range Brewing; Amélie’s French Bakery

4.  36th Street Station

Must-see Stops: Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub; Cabo Fish Taco, The Evening Muse; Hart Witzen Gallery

Did You Know? Cabo Fish Taco has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

5.  Sugar Creek Station

Must-see Stops: Public art by Chandra Cox

6.  Old Concord Road Station

Must-see Stops: North Point Shopping Center; America Deli; La Zima Bar Mexicano;

7.  Tom Hunter Station

Must-see Stops: Public art by Tom Stanley; Around the World Market; Taqueria La Casita

Did You Know? Around the World Market is a huge purveyor of Indian food, but it also carries British, African and Thai provisions.

8.  University City Boulevard Station

Must-see Stops: Public art by Jackie Chang; IKEA; Belgate Shopping Center

9.  McCullough Station

Must-see Stops: McCullough Commons: Taco Mac; University Executive Park

10. JW Clay Station

Must-see Stops: Jerry Richardson Football Stadium at UNC Charlotte; Cross Charlotte Trail; Lazeez Mediterranean Grill

Did You Know? The UNC Charlotte 49ers football program had its inaugural season in 2013 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

11. UNC Charlotte Main Campus Station

Must-see Stops: UNC Charlotte main campus; UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; Dale F. Halton Arena


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