The Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly referred to as CATS, is the public transit system in Charlotte, North Carolina. It includes a bus system, light rail system, and a street car. You can use the Google Maps trip planner to determine which routes will get you to your destination. Fares vary, and can be checked here.
Recycling and trash pickup is an available service to all residents of Charlotte, and most residents of Mecklenburg County. The City of Charlotte manages the collection of trash and recycling and Mecklenburg County processes the waste. To find your pick up date, you can put in your address here.
What can I do at the library?
How can I access the library?
Anyone who visits a library location can use our wifi, attend programs, or look at any of our books or magazines–for free. If you want to take materials home with you or access our online resources, you will need to get a library card, which is completely free of charge for Mecklenburg County residents. We have both regular library cards, which you can apply for by visiting a branch, and virtual library cards, which you can apply for completely online.
What You Need to Get a Library Card:
Get a Library Card
Visit the library’s website to apply for a virtual library card, or find a branch close to you and apply for a library card in person.
The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 21,000+ acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. Parks in Mecklenburg County come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small neighborhood parks to large district parks. Many parks have open space amidst shade trees and unique facilities.
The Mecklenburg County greenway system is quickly becoming one of the finest in the nation. Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places. Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that promote water quality, help reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for all to enjoy. There are currently 49 miles of developed greenway trails in Mecklenburg County, with more being built every year.
The Park and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs and services for families and those of all ages. Join us for fitness, sports, cultural arts, youth development and most of all……FUN. Come play with us today!
Mecklenburg County has over 200 public, magnet, charter, and private schools which serve over 200,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) operates the public schools, as well as several nontraditional schooling options. Within the city of Charlotte and the surrounding towns, there are many options for all ages. In addition, Charlotte is home to many universities and colleges.