Fence separating campus and light rail train tracks

Campus safety is a top priority. In addition to the safety measures already in place by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) — like advanced, state-of-the-art cameras and security officers on trains — the University took additional steps to accommodate light rail’s arrival on campus. Security cameras, extra lighting and blue light phones are installed at the UNC Charlotte Main Station on campus. Additional police officers have been hired and are assigned to patrol the area, especially during peak travel times and at night.


UNC Charlotte and CATS enourage individuals to use caution and be aware of their surroundings when traveling around the light rail alignment.

Below are some safety tips and more information to consider:

  • Do not walk on or near the light rail tracks except at designated pedestrian crossings.
  • Obey all traffic signals and signs in the light rail area.
  • The overhead catenary system, which provides the electricity for light rail, is energized at all times. Never get near or attempt to touch the overhead lines.
  • Light rail trains travel at speeds of 35-55 mph and always have the right of way. Never try to beat the crossing gates.
  • Crossing gates are required to come down 20 seconds prior to trains arrival. Wait for crossing gates to open before crossing.
  • Do not walk on or near the light rail tracks except at designated pedestrian crossings.
  • Be mindful of any changes in traffic patterns.


General safety

  • UNC Charlotte Main Station is located near Police and Public Safety (PPS) headquarters.
  • The University has dedicated resources to supporting light rail safety:
    • Additional lighting and security cameras are installed at the UNC Charlotte Main Station.
    • Blue light phones at the UNC Charlotte Main Station directly link the caller with campus police dispatch.
    • Additional police officers have been hired to patrol the UNC Charlotte Main station and surrounding area.
  • CATS works closely with UNC Charlotte’s police department and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to ensure the the safety of light rail passengers.
    • The University police department has jurisdiction at the UNC Charlotte Main Station and areas on campus.
  • The University’s police department is an accredited, state-authorized law enforcement agency. The department is dedicated to community safety, and officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • The University offers LiveSafe, an app that connects you directly with police dispatch. The app offers the ability for a friend or family member to “walk you home” virtually.


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