Getting Around in Center City

Center City is the most densely populated area in Charlotte. It is also the hub for our region’s transportation network. From buses to light rail, from bike sharing to parking galore, it’s easy to get around in Center City.

Fast Facts

Annual Light Rail ridership4.9 million
Charlotte Douglas International Airport total passengers served39 million
Annual Gold Rush ridership1+ million
CATS bus routes that serve Center City50
Trips made via transit in the Charlotte area in FY 201226 Million
Increase in ridership FY 2011 to FY 20126.4%

Source: Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte Center City Partners (2012)

Driving in? Finding a parking space is easy. Did you know that we have more than 46,000 parking spaces Uptown?

Parking Fast Facts

Total number of parking spaces46,308
Parking deck spaces37,811
Surface lot spaces7,397
On-street parking spaces1,100
Number of parking spaces in the Real Time Parking System14,377
Number of garages in the Real Time Parking System15
Average daily parking costs$11
Average monthly parking costs$98

Source: Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Center City Partners (2012)

Visit our parking section for even more information and some maps that can help you park in Center City. Drive an electric car? Center City now boasts more than 50 plug-in electric vehicle charging stations, complementing an emerging network of stations throughout the region. Go car-free! As part of our effort to make Charlotte greener, we encourage you to leave your car behind and try the LYNX Blue Line or public transportation the next time you travel to the Center City. The CATS Trip Planner tool can help you figure out how to use public transportation options to get anywhere in Charlotte.

If your destination is a few blocks away, try our new bike share program, Charlotte B-cycle! Made possible by a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Charlotte B-cycle has 20 stations around the city and more than 200 bikes that can help you get from point A to point B.

In our 2015 State of the Center City Report, we outline tons of great information about Charlotte’s transportation network. Click here if you’re interested in the latest facts about parking, airport, public transit ridership, bike share and more.