CATS to increase security for NBA All-Star Game, expect delays

Monday, February 11, 2019

Charlotte is hosting NBA All-Star 2019 events Friday through Sunday, Feb.15-17. An estimated 150,000 visitors are expected in the city during this time. As a result, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will make changes that may affect members of the University community.

Prohibited items on light rail: On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing through the end of service each day, the following items will not be allowed on the train or at platforms:

  • Purses
  • Backpacks
  • Suitcases
  • Large tote bags
  • Other bulky items

Note: individuals will be allowed to carry personal belongings in a clear bag.

Train security sweeps: On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing through the end of service each day, light rail riders traveling from UNC Charlotte toward I-485 must exit the train at the 7th Street Station for a security sweep. For riders traveling from I-485 toward campus, the security sweep will occur at the 3rd Street Station. Riders may continue their travel through the CTC/Arena station after the sweep if their belongings are in clear bags or if they are carrying no bags. For more information on the security sweeps, visit the CATS website.

Schedule changes: Four hours before each day’s first all-star event, the light rail will operate every 15 minutes. However, with increased security and anticipated crowds, delays are still possible. From 5 p.m. to the end of service each night, the train will not stop at the CTC/Arena Station. Buses will run on their normal schedules, but delays are still possible.   

Transportation center relocation: During the all-star event weekend, the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) will temporarily relocate to the 7th Street Station parking lot. This includes bus connections typically taking place at the CTC.  

Center City classes and events

Individuals with Friday and Saturday classes and events at UNC Charlotte Center City will receive additional information via email.

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