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Lay of the Land

Many committee meetings will be held at the Westin Charlotte. Registration and most conference sessions will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, located across the street from the Westin. The Bus Display on Monday, May 16, will be held on S.Brevard Street and E.Martin Luther King Boulevard, adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and across the street from the Convention Center. The Products and Services Showcase on Tuesday, May 17, will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center. The headquarters hotel for the International Bus Roadeo is the Omni Charlotte.

Host Transit Agency

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) provides accessible transportation for the greater Charlotte region. Services include over 70 buys routes, light rail, streetcar and paratransit services to get you where you need to go. CATS Sprinter Bus Service provides a direct link from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Charlotte’s Center City.

To plan your fixed route trip, use our Google Trip Planner found on the right hand side of www.ridetransit.org. Simply enter your origin and destination. The tool then shows you how to get where you want to go via CATS services. You may also contact customer service at 704-336-7433.

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Accessible Transportation

During the conference, CATS will be offering complementary ADA paratransit services for individuals with disabilities. To register for those services in advance, please call 704.336.5055 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Once you are registered, you can call the same number between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request your ride. CATS will also be accepting ride requests on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Request for rides must be received at least one day in advance, and no more than five days in advance of the day of the requested ride.

Public Transportation from Airports

CATS Sprinter Enhanced Bus Service provides a direct link from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Charlotte’s Center City.

  • The Sprinter operates 7 days a week.
  • Weekdays: Runs every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. Runs every 30 minutes from 7 – 11:54 p.m.
  • Weekends: Runs every 30 minutes from 6 – 12:55 a.m.
  • Fare is $2.20 cash (one way). Bus operators do not provide change.

All Sprinter vehicles are ADA accessible and include luggage racks. View the Sprinter schedule at:

http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/Bus/routes/Pages/default.aspx

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the Omni Hotel Charlotte (Roadeo Headquarters Hotel):

  • From baggage claim, exit outside, turn right, cross the pedestrian lane and look for the Sprinter bus stop (Rt. 5).
  • Get off at Trade Street and College Street which is directly in front of the Omni.

 

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the Westin Charlotte (Bus Conference Headquarters Hotel):

 

  • From baggage claim, exit outside, turn right, cross the pedestrian lane and look for the Sprinter bus stop (Rt.5). Ask the operator for a free transfer to the light rail.
  • You have two options to get to the Westin:
    • Get off at Trade Street and College Street and walk (about 0.5 miles) southeast on E.Trade Street toward College Street. Turn right onto S.College Street and the Westin is on the left. 
    • Get off at the Charlotte Transportation Center. Walk inside the Transportation Center and across to Pavilion B. Go upstairs, safely cross the tracks, and get on the LYNX Blue Line Light Rail. Go two stops and exit at Stonewall Station. The station is adjacent to the back entrance of the Westin.

Watch this how-to video that shows the simplesteps for getting from the airport to the conference hotels via CATS service:

Driving Directions

Both the Omni Charlotte Hotel and Westin Charlotte Hotel are located in Uptown Charlotte, approximately 7 to 8 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Taxi fare from the airport to Uptown Charlotte is a flat rate of $25 before tip.
 
INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO HEADQUARTERS
Omni Charlotte Hotel
132 E Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202
 
From Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the Omni
  • Head south on Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Continue on Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Make a slight right onto the I-85N ramp to Concord
  • Merge onto I-85N
  • Take exit 36 NC 16/Brookshire Boulevard towards US 74 E/Downtown
  • Continue on NC 16/Brookshire Freeway
  • Take exit 3B for Church Street
  • Take right onto N Church Street
  • Turn left onto W Trade Street. The Omni will be on your right.
 
From the Omni to Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Head northwest on E Trade Street towards S Tryon Street
  • Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto S Church Street
  • Turn right to merge onto I-277 S
  • Follow US-74 W to N Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Continue onto US-74 W for approximately 4.7 miles
  • Turn left onto N Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Continue straight onto Josh Birmingham Parkway. The airport will be on the left.
 
BUS & PARATRANSIT CONFERENCE HEADQUARTERS
Westin Charlotte Hotel
601 S College Street

Charlotte, NC 28202
 
From Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the Westin
  • Head south on Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Continue on Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Turn right onto US-74 E/Wilkinson Boulevard
  • Continue to follow US-74 E/Wilkinson Boulevard
  • Take exit 1E to merge onto S College Street
  • Merge onto S College Street. The Westin will be on your right.
 
From the Westin to Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Head northeast on S College Street towards E.Stonewall Street
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Stonewall Street
  • Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto S Church Street
  • Turn right to merge onto I-277 S
  • Follow US-74 W to N Josh Birmingham Parkway about 5 miles
  • Turn left onto N Josh Birmingham Parkway
  • Continue straight on Josh Birmingham Parkway. The airport will be on your left.

Host Information Desk

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will have a general information desk at the APTA registration area at the Charlotte Convention Center. Staff from CATS will be available to answer questions you may have regarding local sites, restaurants, social and cultural activities, and to provide transportation information and maps. The host information desk will be open the same hours as the APTA registration desk. 

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