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AirNostrumMAD

UNCC Students & Center City

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The blue line opens in March & 30,000 students are going to free light rail acces from the dorms straight to uptown.

 

i don’t think #11 North Tryon gets many students who want to go to Center city for the fun of it & lots of students may not have an affordable way uptown or those who drive may be off put by it being further away, drinking & driving, parking uptown, etc 

 

i think many students will hop on light rail just to walk around because they are bored. 

 

Anyone have any predictions how this could effect uptown or Center city businesses? Negligible impact?  

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4 minutes ago, AirNostrumMAD said:

free light rail access

Are you sure about this part? I just thought it was connected to their student ID's - i.e. they do not have to buy a separate pass...

I completely agree with your assessment (whether free or not), BTW.

Another reason I was ticked with the 9 month delay - there is a LOT of business opportunity lost here. Many of these kids have a credit/debit from mom and dad... if you know what I mean.

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2 minutes ago, Scribe said:

Are you sure about this part? I just thought it was connected to their student ID's - i.e. they do not have to buy a separate pass...

Available soon: The Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge entitles students to ride on Charlotte Area Transit Syatem (CATS) LYNX light rail and buses* without having to pay a fare. An RFID chip in the 49er ID Card has an embedded app for CATS systems. All Access Pass privileges activate when light rail expansion to campus opens.”

 

from PATS

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So, they still pay for it, just one time per semester, and subsidized, most likely.

2 minutes ago, AirNostrumMAD said:

Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge

 

From here: https://lightrail.uncc.edu/ ( a very good deal for faculty and staff!!!)

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The pass is all-access: When light rail service to campus opens, all students can ride CATS LYNX light rail, trolley, Special Transportation Service (STS), local and express bus routes, including the Airport Connector, fare-free. An addition of $50 a year to the Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge covers the cost of unlimited, all-access riding privileges for students. Faculty and staff may purchase the same privileges for $75 a year.

 

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1 minute ago, Scribe said:

So, they still pay for it, just one time per semester, and subsidized, most likely.

 

 

You guys on UP are being way to technical the past couple weeks.

If we want to be technical, yes. It’s not “free”. But it’s part of tuition whether you use it or not. Which is pretty much “free” as far as college students are concerned.

I pay for the bus service on campus I have never used. But I wouldn’t think twice about whether I want to spend money on taking that bus if I needed to because I was saving money. It’s part of tuition. Not something I budget out week by week....

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3 hours ago, AirNostrumMAD said:

Available soon: The Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge entitles students to ride on Charlotte Area Transit Syatem (CATS) LYNX light rail and buses* without having to pay a fare. An RFID chip in the 49er ID Card has an embedded app for CATS systems. All Access Pass privileges activate when light rail expansion to campus opens.”

 

from PATS

This is excellent, though makes me a little bitter that when I commuted from living in Sedgefield to UNC Charlotte's main campus, I took the Blue Line and transferred to Route 11.

I would buy a $1 "Student" ticket, because duh. Then I got a $35 ticket for "abusing" what was actually the "K-12" student ticket. I just assumed they were doing UNCC students a solid from the start, but I assumed wrong.

EDIT: I think I've told this anecdote before, but I still kick myself for it.

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On 12/1/2017 at 9:59 PM, SgtCampsalot said:

I would buy a $1 "Student" ticket, because duh. Then I got a $35 ticket

I would have done the same... Curious does the ticket terminal state it is K-12?

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3 hours ago, Scribe said:

I would have done the same... Curious does the ticket terminal state it is K-12?

 

2 hours ago, AirNostrumMAD said:

Yes.  

Yep. I was so broke I didn't want to see the truth.

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21 hours ago, SgtCampsalot said:

Yep. I was so broke I didn't want to see the truth.

 

4 hours ago, tarhoosier said:

I wish there were a "been there" emoji for this

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