Auxiliary Services News

January 8, 2015

Cooked in the back, served in the front

RDH was the quintessential college cafeteria, where, except for the grill station, food was cooked in the back and self-served from a long line of steam tables out front.

2008 photo of students eating at RDH

Enter the food court

As campus grew, so did our dining program. National brands started popping up on colleges and universities and UNC Charlotte welcomed several. Today, with Bojangles’, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Salsarita’s, Subway, Starbucks and Wendy’s, UNCC has more popular fast dining choices than most small towns! 

photo of Salsarita's in Prospector's upper food court

The cafeteria model becomes, well, toast

Then in 2009, Crown Commons in the Student Union opened and meal plan/dining hall service changed in a big way. Crown Commons has a lot less kitchen equipment placed “back-of-the-house.” Much of the food is cooked in full view at ‘action’ stations. This allows for lots of customization and a far more personal dining experience. You see what you’re getting to eat and you watch someone make it for you.

photo of Crown Commons staff person holding plate of freshly prepared food

Now, South Village Crossing’s dining hall, SoVi, embraces culinary trends that have emerged since Crown Commons was built. This is not about keeping up with food-fashion but:

  • Is in response to consumer demand for healthier dining options;
  • An adaptation to the cultural shift of more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day;
  • Provides portion size awareness;
  • Is sustainable and conserves ecological balance in food production, preparation and reduction of waste;
  • Maximizes value for “unlimited” meal plans by allowing more frequent dining and snacking throughout the day and evening;
  • Adopts restaurant trends of “plating” food for enhanced visual appeal.

Photo of South Village Crossing, bridge view

SoVi is new and unexpected

SoVi dining hall at South Village Crossing incorporates all this and more in its model. There’s very little “back-of-the-house” food preparation. In fact, all that’s really behind walls is refrigeration, prep tables and sinks — no cooking equipment. Cooking is done at modern action stations like the Teppanyaki griddle, Evo cooktops and in gas-fired hearth ovens. This equipment is designed for small-batch and healthy cooking methods and offers chefs the flexibility to interact with patrons and customize dishes according to diner preferences.

Photo of the Asian

Big taste on little plates

What’s really different is that meals are made in smaller batches and served tapas-style on small plates. Benefits of this are:

  • Conscious eating - Large servings on nine-inch dinner plates often leads to overeating because people tend to eat the food that’s in front of them, even after they feel full.   
  • Portion awareness – realistic, single portions provide a consistent reference point. It’s easier to shape a balanced meal with individually portioned plates as units, opposed to a plate piled with randomly measured food.
  • Bright flavor – achieved through small-batch cooking. Taking a cue from the artisanal foods movement, dishes are made with craftsman-like care; freshness and quality are the watchwords, not bulk or quantity.
  • Appealing presentation – small plates of food look appetizing and composed, elevating the dining experience to something nicer and more personal.
  • Waste reduction - smaller portions lead diners to throw away less.

Fresh pizza from the hearth oven as served at SoVi

It’s odd at first to see little plates in a dining hall, but then you realize how easy it is to gather a nice variety of flavors. The result is a meal that looks and tastes like it was prepared just for you. And small plate presentation is not at all restrictive. You can go back for more of anything you want, as many times as you’d like.

But wait! There’s more! SoVi2Go, SoVi Market + Bakery and The Den by Denny’s

On weekdays, SoVi dining closes from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm to reset and get ready for dinner, while SoVi2Go, located upstairs, offers meals to go and meal swipes are accepted (as are DB and ODA). Here’s how SoVi2Go works:

  • Fill a reusable container with featured entrees that are currently being served at SoVi Dining (including beverage and dessert); or get
  • hot soups-of-the-day, fresh salads and fruit.
  • SoVi2Go provides a meal plan dining option during the weekday reset down periods at SoVi, and also extends dinner serving time until 9:00 pm Mondays – Thursdays

photo of SoVi 2 go wallpaper

SoVi Market + Bakery offers a large daily assortment of pastries, tarts, cupcakes, macaroons, cakes (whole or sliced), individual trifles, muffins, and cookies, along with convenience items, beverages, snacks, candies, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and a variety of specialty meals and snacks. *

SoVi Market + Bakery - Market portion photo 

Bakery items at SoVi Market + Bakery

The Den brings Denny’s favorite tastes to UNC Charlotte, from breakfast-all-day favorites like the Original Grand Slam and Slamwich, to hand-smashed burgers (including the "MecklenBurger," created just for UNC Charlotte) and a mouthwatering selection of sandwiches, signature salads, burritos and munchies. Menu

The Den is a true late-night dining option, with hours until 2:00 am. *

photo taken in The Den by Denny's in South Village Crossing

If you haven’t yet gone over to see South Village Crossing you should make a point to do so, soon. The building is beautiful and it’s got lovely views from expansive terraces, cozy lounge areas warmed by fireplaces, and a great vibe that feels like nowhere else but UNC Charlotte.

We hope you come to eat and enjoy all the facility has to offer. While the differences may take some getting used to, we think you’ll walk away saying, “I could get used to this!”

Additional info, contacts for questions and helpful links:

  • Both the Green Line (Rt. 49) and Yellow Line (Rt. 47) serve the South Village area. Here’s where you can find a list of shuttle stops and don’t forget, the UNCCNextRide app and website ( show where the buses are so you’ll know when to walk out to the nearest stop.
  • For questions/comments/suggestions regarding South Village Crossing and UNC Charlotte campus dining:

For nutritional information about UNC Charlotte’s dining program:

For questions about meal plans:

10 Tips for healthy eating in a dining hall PDF (a USDA publication)

* SoVi Market + Bakery and The Den accept DB, ODA, 49er Account, cash, debit or charge cards. SoVi dining hall and SoVi2Go accept meal plan swipes, DB, ODA, 49er Account, cash and debit/charge cards.


January 5, 2015

Permits are required to park anytime the University is open.  

Unable to buy a permit right away?

If you are waiting on a financial aid refund or other funds before purchasing a permit, you may buy a temporary permit to hold you over. Price is $6 per day for as many days as you think you'll need. Temporary permits are not available for online purchase.

If you bought a full-time permit last semester (C, R, G, 6A or L27), your permit will not expire until 8/14/15. Expiration date is on the back of our permit.

New students and students with Night and Two-day permits (which are sold by the semester):

  • Permits for spring semester are available for purchase online (credit or debit card only). 
  • Permits ordered by midnight will be available for pick-up the next day.

Documents needed to purchase a parking permit:

  • 49er ID Card
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Vehicle Insurance

Student permit purchase/express pick-up at the Student Union (including temporary permits):

Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Mon Jan 5 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Tue Jan 6 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Wed Jan 7 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Thu Jan 8 8:00 am-6:00 pm
PaTS Office (#23 campus map) Fri Jan 9 7:30 am-5:00 pm

Permit Prices

$280  Full year beginning with spring semester
$130  Night Permit per semester (spring)
$260  Night Permit (spring and summer)
$15  Registration of multiple vehicles


December 11, 2014

Photo of Patrick Wisniewski in front of 49ers4Life Blood Drive poster at UNCC bus shelter

It has been a very long time since I have given blood. 

The first time I gave blood was in high school back in 2010. I was very nervous and did not really know much about the process. I signed up at the last minute and away I went. In the gym I read the requirements and prepared to donate for the first time. What I didn’t know was that I should have eaten breakfast before donating. 

To quote the everlasting exclamation of the valiant Scoobert Doo, “Ruh Roh Raggy!"

I was doing pretty well and everything was fine... until I blacked out. My memories of waking up afterwards were as jumbled as Leonard’s in Memento. What I do remember is waking up to a fan blowing in my face, my friend Matthew asking if I was OK, and the nurse pouring Coca-Cola in my mouth to raise my sugar levels (which I am not complaining about, Coke is awesome). 

You are probably thinking two things right now: Did he really make a Memento reference? Why is he telling me this awful story? This makes me not want to give blood. 

I have two responses: 

  1. Yes. I did. 
  2. Don’t be scared. 

The reason I am admitting to passing out is to let you know that sometimes the unexpected happens, but it’s no big deal. Even you laughing at me isn’t too bad. Hey, I WAS THE TALK OF THE GYMNASIUM AND GOT FREE SODA! I pushed through my squeamishness to save three lives. That’s what is most important. I overcame my fear and did something bigger than me. I even played a full game of rugby later on that day. 

After that I donated a few times at an American Red Cross center with intentions to continue, however, I did not keep that pledge. College got busy, work got busy, life got busy. Time just drifted away from me. But now I’m reminded reminded of how important blood donation is. 

Auxiliary Services is a sponsor for the 49ers4Life campus-wide blood drive and, as the intern who produces Aux video content, I’m creating spots for the drive. I would love it if my work would help convince others to come out and donate as well. So, of course, I am starting with me. I’ve signed up to donate on January 20. Will you please consider joining me? 

Why should you donate? There are many reasons but here are a few: 

  • Blood can’t be made. It can only be given. 
  • You are helping people who really need it. Cancer patients, premature babies, and car crash victims are only a few of the people who benefit from blood donation. 
  • You can save lives by just sitting down and giving a small part of your time and self. 
  • This drive is special because students, faculty, and staff come together as a community — One Niner Nation — to do something extraordinary for others. 

The 6th Annual 49ers4Life campus-wide blood drive will take place in the Student Activities Center on Tuesday, January 20 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. To register, go to and search for the drive using the code: “49ers4life.” I hope to see you there! 

— Patrick Wisniewski

icon for 49ers4Life Blood Drive

Please join me in supporting UNC Charlotte's 6th Annual Campus-wide Blood Drive

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Barnhardt Student Activity Center

Patrick Wisniewski is a graduate student at UNC Charlotte and also works as Marketing Communications Intern for Business Services. He'll be "sleeves up and bleeding green" on January 20. Here's the first video spot he made for the 49ers4LifeDrive with fellow student (and 49erCard Office student worker), Ariel Martin. 

December 3, 2014

Dining - What's Open

Dining venues not listed are CLOSED.

  Sat 12/13 Sun 12/14 Mon 12/15 Tue 12/16 Wed 12/17 Thu 12/18 Fri 12/19
Library Cafe 8:00 am-3:00 pm CLOSED 7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Orbis CLOSED CLOSED 7:30 am-3:00 pm 7:30 am-3:00 pm 7:30 am-3:00 pm 7:30 am-3:00 pm 7:30 am-3:00 pm
Bistro 49 CLOSED CLOSED 10:30 am-3:00 pm 10:30 am-3:00 pm 10:30 am-3:00 pm 10:30 am-3:00 pm 10:30 am-3:00 pm
Outtakes  7:30 am-9:00 pm CLOSED 9:00 am-7:00 pm 9:00 am-7:00 pm 9:00 am-7:00 pm 9:00 am-7:00 pm 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Starbucks 7:30 am-5:00 pm CLOSED 8:00 am-4:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Wendy's 10:00 am-6:00 pm CLOSED 10:00 am-6:00 pm 10:00 am-6:00 pm 10:00 am-6:00 pm 10:00 am-6:00 pm 10:00 am-6:00 pm


  Mon 12/22  Tue 12/23
Library Cafe 7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Outtakes 7:30 am-7:00 pm 7:30 am-7:00 pm
Starbucks 8:00 am-4:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Wendy's 8:00 am-4:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Center City Building: Einstein Bros. Bagels CLOSED December 13-23

WINTER BREAK: All campus dining closed December 24 - January 1

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte

Bookstore hours are as follows:

Sat 12/13 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sun 12/14 CLOSED
Mon 12/15 (F/S Open House) 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue 12/16 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed 12/17 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu 12/18 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri 12/19 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat 12/20 and Sun 12/21 CLOSED
Mon 12/22 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue 12/23 8:00 am-5:00 pm

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY: Bookstore closed closed December 24 - 28 

Mon 12/29 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue 12/30 8:00 am-5:00 pm

NEW YEARS HOLIDAY: Bookstore closed closed December 31 - January 1

Parking and Transportation Services

  • CATS Campus Shuttle ends service at 6:00 pm, Friday December 12; service resumes Wednesday, January 7
  • SafeRide (both daytime disability and evening safety transportation) will operate on regular schedule through Friday, December 12. 
    • On Saturday, December 13, there will be one SafeRide evening vehicle running the express route from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 
    • Regular SafeRide evening schedule will continue on Sunday, December 14 through Monday, December 22.
    • Daytime disability service on normal schedule (7:30 am - 5:30 pm) through Tuesday, December 23. 
    • No service after 6:00 pm December 23 through January 1.
    • Regular service resumes January 2.

REPROS Copy Center

Sat 12/13 CLOSED
Sun 12/14 CLOSED
Mon 12/15 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Tue 12/16 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Wed 12/17 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Thu 12/18 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Fri 12/19 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Sat 12/20 and Sun 12/21 CLOSED
Mon 12/22 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Tue 12/23 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Mon 1/5 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Mon 1/6 7:30 am-5:00 pm

WINTER BREAK: Closed December 24 - January 1; Open Friday January 2, 7:30 am-5:00 pm; Closed Saturday January 3 and Sunday January 4. Return to regular hours Wednesday January 7.

Mail & Package Services

Open regular hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm) with the exception of Friday, December 19 when the Postal Window will be closed from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm.

December 2, 2014

"Relaxed enforcement" - why the change?

In years past, permits were not required to park on campus during exam weeks because there wasn't enough Visitor parking to accommodate students who had no permit but wished to park on campus just long enough to take their tests. This is no longer the case. There is plenty of short-term Visitor parking available in:

  • East Deck 1
  • Cone Deck
  • Student Union Deck
  • CRI Deck
  • Level 1 of South Village Deck
  • Lots 4 and 30 (and for disability parking, Lot 28).

As Visitor parking options increased, so did the number of complaints during exam weeks from permit-holding students and staff. To them, relaxed parking periods meant disruption and space competition with those who had never bought a permit. That’s just not fair.

Revised relaxed enforcement guidelines have been established as follows:

During final exam week

  • Two-Day and Night permits may park in Commuter lots. Date and time restrictions will not be enforced.
  • Those without permits are required to park in Visitor parking or at meters and pay the standard hourly fee or buy a temporary permit.
  • Temporary permits are available at the PaTS Office for $6 per day.

When CATS campus shuttle is not running

  • Faculty/Staff permits may park in Lot 16.
  • Lot 6A and Lot 27 permits may park in any Commuter or Resident lot including Lot 16.
  • Those without permits are required to park in Visitor parking or at meters and pay the daily fee or purchase a temporary permit.
  • Temporary permits are available at the PaTS Office for $6 per day.

When classes are not in session

  • Commuter permits are allowed in Residential and Greek Village lots.
  • Resident and Greek Village permits are allowed in Commuter lots.
  • Those without permits are required to park in Visitor parking or at meters and pay the standard hourly fee or buy a temporary permit.
  • Temporary permits are available at the PaTS Office for $6 per day.

Whenever the University is open

  • Paid parking such as meters, pay-by-space parking and Visitor decks are enforced from 5:00 am Monday morning until 10:00 pm Friday evening, whether classes are in session or not.
  • Gates in all decks and lots are kept down from 5:00 am Monday morning until 10:00 pm Friday evening.
  • Access is controlled by the AVI device at the gated areas according to the encoded RFID strip in the purchased permit.
  • Intercom communication is available at all Visitor gated areas and connects directly to the Parking and Transportation Services Call Center for immediate assistance when needed.
  • Call Center phone number is posted at all gates (704-687-0161).

PaTS does not enforce permits when the Call Center is closed:

  • From 10:00 pm Friday to 5:00 am Monday and
  • Whenever the University is closed
    • New Year’s Day                                    
    • Martin Luther King Day                 
    • Independence Day                             
    • Labor Day                                               
    • Thanksgiving Holiday                    
    • Winter Holiday                                                     
    • Any other University closing as approved by the Chancellor

So, Niner Nation, let’s not add to the stress of exams by risking a citation for parking without a permit. Be prepared and either plan to park in Visitor parking or go by the PaTS office and purchase a temporary permit for the days you’ll be needing to park on campus.

More questions? Please call the PaTS Call Center, 704-798-0161, write, or mention @unccparking on Twitter.

Photo of East Deck 1 taken during winter

December 1, 2014

We NOW have an opening DATE!

photo of South Village Crossing

South Village Crossing, the new 56,146-square-foot dining and gathering facility nestled between Moore and Scott residence halls, is in the final inspection stage and on track to serve its first meals Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

"Our students, faculty, staff and guests will be impressed with the tasteful design, culinary innovation, and warm, welcoming atmosphere," says Ana Alvarez, Director of Auxiliary Services. "We expect this building to solidify the sense of community at South Village and attract and delight students and staff from all over campus."  

What's inside:

SoVi logo

Begins serving at dinner, Tuesday, January 6 at 5:00 pm.

Central to South Village Crossing is SoVi, an expansive dining hall where all food production is visible. Action cooking stations feature innovative appliances such as Evo and Teppanyaki griddles and gas-fired hearth ovens. "SoVi has been designed with the future in mind," says Alvarez, "offering interaction with a culinary team that will be preparing fresh, flavorful and individually customizable dishes.”

Patch Hadden, Executive Chef for South Village Crossing says, "The thing I am most excited about is being able to prepare and cook out front. It allows us [culinary staff] to focus on freshness, quality and plate presentation and allows the students a greater appreciation for putting together a well-balanced meal."

"To call the kitchen equipment state-of-the-art doesn't do it justice," Hadden adds.  "From the wok station to the Evo grill and everything in between, what we will be able to cook has nearly endless possibility."

 SoVi2Go logo

Opens Wednesday, January 7 at 8:30 am.

How SoVi2Go works:

In a hurry or looking to grab a meal to-go? Meal swipes (along with DB, 49er Acct, ODA and cash/credit) can be used to:

  • Fill a reusable container with featured entrees that are currently being served at SoVi Dining (including beverage and dessert) or for
  • hot soups-of-the-day, fresh salad and fruit.
  • Provides a meal plan dining option during the weekday meal reset serving breaks at SoVi, and also 
  • extends dinner serving time until 9:00 pm Mondays – Thursdays.

SoVi Market + Bakery logo

Opens Sunday, January 4 at 12:00 pm

  • New campus bakery with visible operations will offer large daily assortment of pastries, tarts, cupcakes, macaroons, cakes (whole or sliced), individual trifles, muffins, and cookies;
  • Convenience items;
  • Beverages, snacks, candies, grab n’ go sandwiches and salads, and a variety of specialty meals and snacks.

The Den by Denny's logo

Opens Wednesday, January 7 at 3:00 pm

  • The Den brings Denny’s favorite tastes to UNC Charlotte, from breakfast-all-day favorites like the Original Grand Slam and Slamwich, to hand-smashed burgers (including the "MecklenBurger," created just for UNC Charlotte) and mouth-watering menu of sandwiches, signature salads, burritos and munchies.
  • The Den is a true late-night dining option, with hours until 2:00 am, seven days a week.

SVC Terraces and Lounges

South Village Crossing will certainly be a campus destination for food, but the building offers so much more.

  • Three-season dining porch and extensive outdoor terraces with pleasing, wooded views;
  • Inviting lounge areas with furniture grouped for conversation;
  • Two, three-sided fireplaces;
  • Several large, flat-screened televisions for sports and entertainment viewing;
  • A large multi-purpose room with instructional AV technology.

South Village Crossing Hours of Operation

    Mon-Thu Fri Sat Sun
SoVi Dining Breakfast 7:00am - 10:00pm 7:00am - 10:00pm    
  Brunch     10:30am - 5:00pm 10:30  am - 5:00pm
  Lunch 10:30am - 2:00pm 10:30am - 2:00pm    
  Dinner 5:00pm - 8:30pm 5:00pm - 8:30pm 5:00pm - 8:30pm 5:00pm - 8:30pm
SoVi2Go   8:30am - 9:00pm 8:30am - 5:00pm    
SoVi Mkt. & Bakery   7:30am - 11:30pm 7:30am - 11:30pm 8:30am - 11:30pm 8:30am - 11:30pm
The Den   3:00pm - 2:00am 3:00pm - 2:00am 10:30am - 2:00am 10:30am - 2:00am
SVC Lounges and Terraces   7:00am - 2:00am 7:00am - 2:00am 8:00am - 2:00am 8:00am - 2:00am

“South Village Crossing is different that anything we’ve ever had at UNC Charlotte,” says Keith Wassum, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services. So while it's certainly taken longer than expected, Business Services, Dining Services, Facilities and a host of other on- and off-campus partners will be spending the weeks before winter break making sure that everything will be ready when students return for Spring semester.

We can't wait for you to see that South Village Crossing and all it has to offer is #worththewait!

Sneak peek photos:

Photo of South Village Crossing bridge entrance

Bridge from Scott and Holshouser directly to South Village Crossing.

Photo terrazzo floor with inlaid UNC Charlotte

The terrazzo floor at the base of the stair case has been CROWNED with UNC Charlotte's iconic mark.

Photo of

This unique chandelier illuminates the main stairwell.

Photo of a 3-sided fireplace in second floor lounge area of SVC

One of two, three-sided fireplaces in the second floor lounge area will offer a cozy place to relax.

Photo of an outdoor terrace at SVC

Photo of an outdoor terrace at SVC

The seasonal dining porch and outdoor terraces for dining and hanging out al fresco.

Photo of one of several

Photo of another Action Station at SoVi

Modern "action stations" feature the latest in cooking equipment.

Photo of SoVi2Go area

SoVi2Go - offers take-out meals and snacks.

Photo of booth wall at The Den by Denny's in SVC

The booth wall at The Den - showing some spirit!

Photo of the drum lighting at SVC

Even the lighting in SVC is so pretty!

Photo of custom wallpaper mural in SoVi dining hall

Wallpaper in a dining alcove of SoVi honors UNC Charlotte's sculpture collection.


November 7, 2014

Here's what will be open the week of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Dining Hours

Wednesday November 26

Atkins Library  
  Library Café 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  Orbis Grille CLOSED
  Fretwell Café 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Street  Market Cone Center CLOSED
  Chick-fil-A 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Feisty's 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Gold Room 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Mamma Leone's 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Mondo Subs 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Za'tar 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Soup/salad 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Continental Breakfast bar 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Student Union  
  Bistro 49 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Crown Commons CLOSED
  Einstein Bros. Bagels 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Mamma Leone's 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  Outtakes 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Starbucks 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  Wendy's 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Center City Building  
  Einstein Bros. Bagels 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28

Thanksgiving Holiday - All campus dining CLOSED

Saturday November 29

   Library Café 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday November 30

   Library Café 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
   Dinner 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
   RDH Outtakes 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Student Union  
   Crown Commons 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
   Outtakes 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
   Starbucks 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
   Wendy's 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore

  • Wednesday November 26: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday November 27 – Sunday November 30: CLOSED

Campus Shuttle, SafeRide, Parking and Transportation Services

No shuttle service Wednesday, November 26; full service resumes Monday, December 1

SafeRide service ends at 6:00 PM Wednesday November 26; resumes 6:00 PM Sunday, November 30.

PaTS Call Center closed 10:00 PM Wednesday November 26 – 5:00 AM Monday December 1.

REPROS Copy Center

Wednesday November 26: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday November 27 - Sunday November 30: CLOSED

Illustration of a turkey wearing a Niner Nation T-shirt, with

October 14, 2014

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the southbound Mallard Creek Bridge Wednesday, October 15, impacting the Route 11U North Tryon for about a year.

Here's how Rt. 11U currently operates on campus, stopping at East Deck 2 and Mary Alexander Rd. shown in pink.

Map showing current on-campus path of CATS Rt. 11 U

Once the southbound lanes of North Tryon close at the Mallard Creek Bridge, the stops north of WT Harris Blvd will be affected. The 11U will no longer serve North Tryon north of Institute Circle, Mallard Creek Church Road, University City Boulevard, or the East Deck at UNCC or Pavilion Boulevard.

Here's the altered route (updated 10/17 from CATS. Printable PDF)

Map of revised Rt 11 detour

During the detour, Route 11U outbound will serve UNCC via the bus stop located at Institute Circle. The Route 11U inbound from UNCC will be at John Kirk and University City Blvd.

Campus Shuttle Rt. 50 (Red Line), cross-campus service from John Kirk Dr. to CRI, is the best alternative for accessing campus core and East campus, as shown in Red:

map showing Rt. 5 Red Line connecting Rt 11 U detour route with campus core

The detour is scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 15. For the most current information, follow @CATSRideTransit on Twitter or call the Charlotte Area Transit call center at 704-336-7433. Parking and Transportation Services will also post updates as we know them: Twitter @unccparking and @unccnextride.

NextRide App iconThe UNCCNextRide app (iOS and Android) and mobile web site, provide CATS Campus Shuttle and SafeRide tracking on a map with arrival predictions, schedules and service alerts. Campus routes (47, 49 and 50), schedules, arrivals and bus movement can be seen in real time, in one place:


UPDATE - Effective Friday, October 17, 2014 until Fall 2015

Route 11U Service Detour REVISED MAP  Printable PDF)

CATS Rider's Alert: Starting October 17, 2014, the detour for the Route 11U will be revised to partially restore service on Mallard Creek Church Road, as well as relocate bus stops serving the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte).

North of WT Harris Boulevard, the 11U will only serve North Tryon Street in the outbound direction.  Mallard Creek Church Road will also only be served in the outbound direction.  Passengers wishing to travel inbound on the 11U should take the outbound service towards UNC-Charlotte.  11U trips will continue inbound from UNC-Charlotte via WT Harris Boulevard back to North Tryon Street.

UNC-Charlotte students, staff and visitors may access the campus at the Route 11 bus stop on Tryon Street and Institute Circle, or at the restored Route 11 bus stop on University City Boulevard at John Kirk Road.  Connections with the Route 50 Red Line UNC-Charlotte Shuttle are located a block off North Tryon Street on Robert D Snyder Road and Institute Circle, or on Mary Alexander Road near John Kirk Road.  As part of the new detour, the temporary bus stop at the CRI Deck on UNC-Charlotte campus will revert to only serving the Route 50 Red Line campus shuttle.

The inbound Route 11U stop on North Tryon Street and JW Clay Boulevard will not be served during this new detour.  Customers using this stop may walk across North Tryon Street to the shelter in front of Carolinas Medical Center-University hospital.  This stop will be served by the 11U outbound schedule, with service continuing inbound from UNC-Charlotte.
Service along Pavilion Boulevard will remain discontinued.  The trips of the 11P in the Route 11 schedule will be operated as 11U trips, following the same one-way loop north of WT Harris Boulevard.
This detour is related to the recent closure of the southbound Mallard Creek Bridge of southbound North Tryon Street by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The road closure is expected to last until Fall 2015.

October 13, 2014

Every year, PaTS posts the numbers that show how permit proceeds from the previous academic year were spent. Here’s a snapshot of last year’s totals (academic year 2013-14):

Income: $9,575,924

  • $7,579,306 came from permit sales
  • The rest was generated from visitor parking fees, F/S premium gated access fees, etc.

Operating expenses: $9,502,816

  • $4,159,287 went to debt service on existing decks;
  • $749,197 for CATS Campus Shuttle
  • $2,010,365 for repairs and maintenance of lots and decks
  • $1,060,394 for salaries (which includes enforcement personnel, most of whom are student workers)
  • $1,523,573 went to utilities, lease for Center City building parking, gate equipment, permit printing, credit card fees, insurance, maintenance contracts, etc.

As you can see, most of the money from permit sales and visitor parking charges goes into paying back construction bonds on existing decks and maintenance/upkeep of all campus lots and decks (replace lights, repair surfaces, repaint stripes, etc.). Any money left that exceeds current obligations (which this year was $73,108) will go toward design and construction of future decks.

Permit prices are set to support a 10-year business plan that ensures that new decks can be built as enrollment growth demands, that parking removed by new buildings can be replaced, and that existing parking facilities are maintained so as to extend service life.

That’s because:

  • State funds are not used to pay for parking facilities
  • Tuition dollars don’t supplement parking
  • Citation fines cannot supplement construction/maintenance of parking lots and decks*
  • That means that parking has to be self-supporting, paid for by those who use it, students, faculty/staff and visitors.

PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. (Here’s the numbers from academic year 2012-13). We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. Tweet @unccparking or write

*PaTS and the University reap no financial benefit from citation fines. Citation proceeds are governed by a State statute (GS 115C-457.1-3 – p. 305) which says that civil fines (i.e., parking tickets), minus the cost of collection, have to be remitted to the State of North Carolina, which then allocates the money to local K-12 public schools. The cost of collection cannot exceed 20% regardless of how much is actually spent to provide enforcement and collect the fines. Unfortunately, it costs PaTS more than the 20% they're allowed to keep to cover the cost of enforcement.

September 29, 2014

Photo from inside shuttle bus, looking out front windshield, on rainy day

Shorter days and cooler, wetter weather means more people riding campus shuttle and SafeRide Evening Safety transport.

Here's some tips and links for getting the most from the FREE transportation services UNC Charlotte provides:

  • Familiarize yourself with the three campus shuttle routes: Yellow Rt. 47, Green Rt. 49, and Red Rt. 50. Route maps and stop lists.
  • Install the UNCC NextRide smartphone app for real-time CATS Campus Shuttle and SafeRide tracking or bookmark the website/mobile site. NextRide shows you where the buses are and provides an estimated arrival time to your stop.
  • Rt. 50 Red Line (cross-campus service from Lot 6 at John Kirk to CRI Deck) is the most heavily used, and often reaches double-row-standing capacity between 9:00 and 10:00 AM.
  • Please wait until exiting passengers have stepped off the bus before boarding. 
  • If a two-seat bench seat is open, take the one by the window so someone can sit on the aisle-side without having to ask.
  • Place backpacks on your lap or on the floor, taking care not create tripping hazards near the aisle.
  • When capacity reaches standing room, move all the way to the back of the bus, creating two rows if necessary, so there’s room for others to get on.
  • Simple courtesies and an occasional “excuse me,” and “thank you,” go a long way to making the ride more pleasant for everyone.
  • Make sure to gather all your belongings before exiting the bus. Items left on shuttles are taken to CATS Lost and Found, 704-336-5326. For items left on SafeRide vehicles, call the PaTS Call Center at 704-687-0161.
  • Get service alerts, ask questions or report problems via Twitter: follow @UNCCNextRide and/or @UNCCParking.