Having survived a week without a fatality, it was time to try out the light rail extension.
We road it from end to end – I-485 to UNC-Charlotte.
At the UNCC station, there was a very visible policeman watching the people coming off the train, so if you are riding the mugger mover in order to break into cars in the parking decks, you are not likely to be unobserved.
At the next station, the secondary UNCC station had a parking deck and a woman being employed as a “Lynx Extension Ambassador”. Had I not been persistent, she probably would have had no interaction with us. I asked if the University circulator bus stopped at the station and she didn’t know. She didn’t know if there was a senior version of the all day pass – the app didn’t know, and the answer was not on her clipboard. She offered me the suggestion that I could call the CATS help line. She was just hired and lacked the basic knowledge of the bus system.
There was an interesting piece of artwork at the UNCC stop. The Lynx line has added soda machines on the station platforms recently, but none at the UNCC “safe space” station.
CATS recently rolled out a “pay by app” payment system. It gives you 90 minutes to complete your one-way ride. Fares are enforced by the threat that a ticket inspector might ask for your ticket, but enforcement is very spotty. The total fines for fare evasion last year was $11,000.