Transportation

The Loraine Lab has two locations at the Research Campus in Kannapolis:

  • The software development group works (mainly) in the DHMRI Core Lab, 4th floor. The address is 150 North Research Campus Drive. (It’s the building with the dome next to the parking garage.)
  • The experimental biology (“wet”) lab is located on the 4th floor of the NC State Building. The address is 600 Laureate Way. (It is next to the building with the dome.)

If you are coming to the experimental lab in the NC State Building, first visit the NC State office to request a visitors badge. You will need it to take the elevator or stairs. If you are coming to meet with the software development group in the Core Lab Building, visit the Security Desk on the first floor to get a badge. They will direct you from there.

If visiting by car, free parking is available in the parking garage or on the street.

Public transportation options

If visiting from UNC Charlotte, you can take the CCX (Express) bus from the JW Clay light rail station near the UNC Charlotte campus to the Concord Transit Center. The CCX bus stop is next to the parking garage on the west side, close to the entrance of Panera Bread.

From the Concord Transit Center, transfer to the CKRider (Concord-Kannapolis)  Blue or Brown line local bus. Take the local bus to the Research Campus or stops nearby.

Tip: Take the Blue line from the Transit Center to the Research Campus and take the Brown line going back. (Review the schedule and maps to see how this saves you some time.)

There is an Amtrak Station a few blocks from the Research Campus. Two Amtrak lines stop there: the Carolinian and the Piedmont. You can take the bus or ride share from the main campus to the Charlotte train station and take the train from there to Kannapolis. See the Amtrak schedules for details. However, note that the evening Carolinian train coming from New York to Charlotte is often very late.

About the buses

Local and express buses have free wifi.

Dr. Loraine notes that CKRider personnel and passengers are among the most considerate and helpful she has encountered in her 30+ years riding buses and trains in many cities, including Toronto, Austin, Montréal, Heidelberg, Washington DC area, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, London, New York.

All buses converge at the Transit Center at the same time, where transfers happen. Buses leave the Transit Center at the same time, but only after every passenger has transferred to their next bus.  A system of smaller shuttle buses are strategically deployed to speed things up when delays occur. Drivers and dispatchers are in constant communication.

The Transit Center has bathrooms, indoor seating, vending machines, and a place to buy bus tickets or get information. It is always staffed while buses are running.

Transfers & Passes

  • Transfers from the CCX express bus to local CKRider buses are free. Request a transfer when you board.
  • Transfers from the local CKRider buses to the CCX express bus cost $0.95. Request a transfer when you board the local bus. You’ll pay the $0.95 transfer fee when you board the CCX bus.
  • You can buy 10-ride bus passes for CCX and CKRider local buses at the Transit Center at a discount. Bus passes do not expire.

Student discount

Students who show their school identification card at the Transit Center can get a special permit that lets you ride for half the cost.

Bikes

All buses have a bike rack on the front of the bus. To date, we have never heard of anyone not being able to take their bike with them on the bus. So if you live far from the Lynx Station, we recommend you considering getting a bike to make your commute more healthful and refreshing. (But make sure you get a helmet. You only have one head.)

GPS means you’ll never miss the bus

Use Trak It, the CKRider bus system real-time GPS bus tracker, to see routes, scheduled stops, and location of buses.

Transportation – electric vehicle (EV)

Starting summer of 2018, we are renting electric vehicles from the University for students to take to and from Kannapolis. To use this option, you need a North Carolina Driver’s license. Typically, we have at least one student coming to Kannapolis who is able to drive. EV trips are scheduled to fit the drivers’ course and work schedules.