The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the southbound Mallard Creek Bridge Wednesday, October 15, impacting the Route 11U North Tryon for about a year.
Here's how Rt. 11U currently operates on campus, stopping at East Deck 2 and Mary Alexander Rd. shown in pink.
Once the southbound lanes of North Tryon close at the Mallard Creek Bridge, the stops north of WT Harris Blvd will be affected. The 11U will no longer serve North Tryon north of Institute Circle, Mallard Creek Church Road, University City Boulevard, or the East Deck at UNCC or Pavilion Boulevard.
Here's the altered route (updated 10/17 from CATS. Printable PDF)
During the detour, Route 11U outbound will serve UNCC via the bus stop located at Institute Circle. The Route 11U inbound from UNCC will be at John Kirk and University City Blvd.
Campus Shuttle Rt. 50 (Red Line), cross-campus service from John Kirk Dr. to CRI, is the best alternative for accessing campus core and East campus, as shown in Red:
The detour is scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 15. For the most current information, follow @CATSRideTransit on Twitter or call the Charlotte Area Transit call center at 704-336-7433. Parking and Transportation Services will also post updates as we know them: Twitter @unccparking and @unccnextride.
The UNCCNextRide app (iOS and Android) and mobile web site, provide CATS Campus Shuttle and SafeRide tracking on a map with arrival predictions, schedules and service alerts. Campus routes (47, 49 and 50), schedules, arrivals and bus movement can be seen in real time, in one place: nextride.uncc.edu
UPDATE - Effective Friday, October 17, 2014 until Fall 2015
CATS Rider's Alert: Starting October 17, 2014, the detour for the Route 11U will be revised to partially restore service on Mallard Creek Church Road, as well as relocate bus stops serving the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte).
North of WT Harris Boulevard, the 11U will only serve North Tryon Street in the outbound direction. Mallard Creek Church Road will also only be served in the outbound direction. Passengers wishing to travel inbound on the 11U should take the outbound service towards UNC-Charlotte. 11U trips will continue inbound from UNC-Charlotte via WT Harris Boulevard back to North Tryon Street.
UNC-Charlotte students, staff and visitors may access the campus at the Route 11 bus stop on Tryon Street and Institute Circle, or at the restored Route 11 bus stop on University City Boulevard at John Kirk Road. Connections with the Route 50 Red Line UNC-Charlotte Shuttle are located a block off North Tryon Street on Robert D Snyder Road and Institute Circle, or on Mary Alexander Road near John Kirk Road. As part of the new detour, the temporary bus stop at the CRI Deck on UNC-Charlotte campus will revert to only serving the Route 50 Red Line campus shuttle.
The inbound Route 11U stop on North Tryon Street and JW Clay Boulevard will not be served during this new detour. Customers using this stop may walk across North Tryon Street to the shelter in front of Carolinas Medical Center-University hospital. This stop will be served by the 11U outbound schedule, with service continuing inbound from UNC-Charlotte.
Service along Pavilion Boulevard will remain discontinued. The trips of the 11P in the Route 11 schedule will be operated as 11U trips, following the same one-way loop north of WT Harris Boulevard.
This detour is related to the recent closure of the southbound Mallard Creek Bridge of southbound North Tryon Street by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The road closure is expected to last until Fall 2015.