Charlotte’s First Streetcar Is About To Start Running

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charlotte streetcar finishedAfter the incredible success of Charlotte’s first lightrail on the Blue Line, construction is now almost finished on Charlotte’s fist street car – called the ‘CityLYNX Gold Line’. Phase 1 of the Gold Line began in December 2012 with a 1.5-mile route from the Charlotte Transportation Center on Trade Street to Novant Hospital at Hawthorne Lane and Fifth Street. Phase 1 will have six stops, including a connection to the LYNX Blue Line.

They are now anticipating service on the Gold Line to start in just a few months.

Phase 2 extends the Phase 1 streetcar alignment by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends, creating a system that extends 4 miles. CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 will head west 2 miles from Charlotte Transportation Center to French Street and east one-half mile along Hawthorne Lane from Novant Health to Sunnyside Avenue.

charlotte streetcar finished2Phase 2 will serve as an engine for economic growth by providing effective and efficient transit operations, connecting key neighborhoods and maximizing development opportunities. Modern streetcar vehicles will replace replica trolleys with the option of purchasing hybrid technology vehicles.

CATS anticipates to advance the project as a design, bid, and build project in early 2016. Construction is projected to begin late 2016. Phase 2 service start date is projected in late 2019.

Phase 3 is still waiting on final approval from the City of Charlotte, as well as a plan to fund the project.

 

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