Walk2Transit is Sustain Charlotte's initiative that gives a voice to bus riders and transit advocates. A voice that will result in tangible improvements to the walkability of Charlotte's highest need bus stops.

Read our latest blog post and watch a short video of our volunteers sharing their experience!

Here’s how you can help

  • Volunteer for a fun and impactful Walkability Tour!  Some of the tour locations still have dates listed as 'TBD' as we build up groups of volunteers and determine schedule availability. Check back for a Sign-Up Genius registration link soon, or email meg.fencil@sustaincharlotte.org if you'd like to be notified when that becomes available. We'll also feature all opportunities in our weekly newsletter and on social media. (This map also includes 3 tours of West Boulevard segments hosted by the Charlotte Department of Transportation.)

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  • If you'd like to bring a larger group or alternate time/date for your neighborhood association, workplace, or other organization, we'd love to accommodate you! Email meg.fencil@sustaincharlotte.org for more info.
  • Share this page with your friends, family, and colleagues!

Why this is important

3 out of every 4 public transportation trips in the CATS service area are bus rides. While rail service gets most of the news coverage and publicity, buses are moving far more of us to our daily destinations. 

Yet many bus riders face unpleasant and unsafe barriers as they walk to and from their stops. Bus riders frequently encounter:

  • No sidewalks to the bus stop
  • No shelter or seating at the bus stop
  • No safe way to cross the street between the bus stop and their destination
  • Conditions that make it nearly impossible for a disabled person or parent with small children to safely reach a bus stop 

What we're doing

The project will begin with a public campaign to assess where Charlotte's most unwalkable bus stops are located. We'll then:

  • Rank Charlotte's 25 most unwalkable bus stops.
  • Organize volunteers to complete walking audits of the bus stops.
  • Survey and interview bus riders to determine their needs as pedestrians.
  • Create short films and written stories of bus riders who struggle with walkability.
  • Write and share a comprehensive report of the 10 highest need bus stops.
  • Coordinate with Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City Council to ask for pedestrian improvements at the 5 highest need bus stops.

We'll empower the community members to become effective transit walkability advocates by providing workshop trainings, an action guide, and demonstration projects! 

Will you join us in showing some love for your local bus stops?

For more information about the project or to submit photos, contact Meg Fencil at meg.fencil@sustaincharlotte.org.

This project is funded by a grant from TransitCenter.

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