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The Charlotte Post covered the recent CATS JCSU CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar Meeting. In preparation for Phase 2 of the popular CityLynx Gold Line, Charlotte Area Transit System officials are meeting neighbors in east and west Charlotte to discuss the project’s progress. A meeting was held Tuesday at Johnson C. Smith University. Another will be held November 12 from 6–7:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, Evans Hall, 501 Hawthorne Lane.
The two public meetings will inform the community on phase 2 planning updates, construction information, and will provide citizens with an opportunity to ask questions. …
Right of way acquisition for Phase 2 of the project starts in January and construction begins in October 2016. Utility relocation starts this this month. …
The 10-mile streetcar line represents economic opportunity for east and west Charlotte by linking neighborhoods that historically have been overlooked for investment. At the Gold Line’s launch in July, U.S. Transportation Secretary and former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx called the service a new era in economic development.
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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) extension of the very successful light rail Blue Line is under construction. The new 9.3 mile section is expected to open to riders in 2017. The path of the light rail extension will head northeast out of Uptown. After arriving at NoDa, the line will turn to the east and will have its first park and ride station at Sugar Creek Road. This station will provide quick access to the line to many east Charlotte residents.
Learn more about the CATS Blue Line Extension project at upcoming public meetings:
Each public meeting will be Open House Forum style from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A presentation will be given at
6:15 p.m. **Please note the October 14 daytime meeting will be a drop-in form only**
The information presented at each workshop will be the same.
Tuesday, October 13
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Oasis Shriners
604 Doug Mayes Pl, Charlotte, NC 28262
Wednesday, October 14
11:30 – 1:30 *Drop-In Only*
Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, Main
310 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Thursday, October 15
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church
101 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213
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The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the new streetcar averaged 1,507 passenger weekday trips in July, which exceeds the Charlotte Area Transit System’s estimates. In July 2014, the Gold Rush bus service carried 45,328 passengers. In July 2015, the Gold Rush and new streetcar carried 61,630 passenger trips.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Public Workshops for LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study
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Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is taking a fresh look at rail transit opportunities and bus routes in the Southeast Corridor. CATS is conducting the LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study and needs public input on transit goals, constraints, and opportunities in the corridor. Workshops will be held along the corridor the week of August 10.
The LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study is the first step in determining the long-range rail transit vision for southeast Mecklenburg County. The study area is approximately 13.5 miles, from Uptown Charlotte to the border of Mecklenburg and Union counties, including the town of Matthews. CATS will look at numerous right-of-way possibilities for a future rail corridor. This includes a variety of rail technologies such as streetcar, light rail, and commuter rail and in various locations. This study will conclude in June 2016 with a rail recommendation to the Metropolitan Transit Commission.
Information and activities at each workshop will be the same.
Tuesday, August 11
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Matthews Town Hall
232 Matthews Station St
Thursday, August 13
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Main Library
310 N. Tryon St
Thursday, August 13
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Midwood International & Cultural Center
1817 Central Ave
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This summer the Charlotte Area Transit System or CATS opened the first modern streetcar line from Time Warner Cable Area to the Elizabeth neighborhood in east Charlotte. This is just the first step in providing additional transit choices to east Charlotte residents and businesses.
CATS has a vision for east Charlotte that includes a streetcar down Central Avenue all the way to the site of the former Eastland Mall. They’re now investigating the viability of another streetcar along Monroe Road according to this report from The Charlotte Observer.
The article highlights how a light-rail line like the Blue Line can act as a regional transportation option further away from the center city but change to operate like a streetcar focused on urban circulation closer to the city center.
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Tim Long’s recent post on Charlotte Agenda about the appearance of Independence Boulevard inspired me to share my perspective. …
In 1996 I was a second year student at UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to learning how to do keg stands that fall, I also learned to tap dance for the role as Mike in A Chorus Line produced by Company Carolina. Ah, the memories! A touring production of A Chorus Line came to Ovens Auditorium that December and a group of us drove down to see it. After the show we drove to Shoney’s for a late dinner before heading back to Chapel Hill. As I left the restaurant, a driver rear-ended me at a stoplight (yeah, there were still stoplights on Indy then). It was late. There weren’t a lot of people around. This was before cell phones. It was also before that section of Independence Blvd was a freeway. I was able to play a game of real-life Frogger and make my way across the road to a pay phone at the Coliseum Shopping Center to dial 911. It took forever for the police to arrive but not as long as it’s taken NC DOT to figure out Independence Blvd. (As an aside, my only other major car accident in my life was also on Independence Blvd – a little old lady was driving down the ramp from Albemarle Road the wrong way on a Sunday morning on the way to church. I was headed to the yoga class I was teaching in a super-cute Miata. …but that’s another story.)
In the time since then, that section of Independence was widened and a dedicated bus lane was installed in the middle. As a result of protests from businesses and residents access was retained to the shopping center and side streets but it’s a hazard to turn in and pull out of those spots with traffic zooming by at 60 MPH. The strip shopping centers aren’t apparently deep enough to accommodate more modern development when you take into account the NC DOT right of way. Also, the residential neighborhoods behind the commercial strip aren’t keen to provide access through their neighborhoods. It’s a tug of war and no one is winning but everyone is tired.
Walmart’s new store at Independence and Albemarle was supposed to spark revitalization of that commercial strip. There’s even an access road stub in the Walmart parking lot. The recession probably put a damper on any progress there. There’s been talk of an indoor golf range among other projects but nothing has materialized yet. On the other side of the street the Shoney’s I visited 20 years ago is boarded up and has a collapsed roof – just like the neighboring properties. It sure would be nice if the City of Charlotte would make the owners tear down those decaying buildings.
Work on widening and removing intersections from Sharon Amity to Conference Drive has progressed at an amazingly slow rate. It has been interesting to see how the car dealerships have responded. While the main lighted intersections will be removed, this section of Independence will retain driveway access to commercial properties.
It is hard to measure the opportunity cost of the poor and slow implementation of these infrastructure projects. There are many forces at work. However, what is clear is that east Charlotte has not seen the kind of investment and boom that has occurred in other parts of Charlotte. The construction and lack of clarity on long-term transit investments created a barrier. Investors want a sure bet.
Rather than being an asset to our area bringing access to thousands of shoppers and providing easy access to commercial development, the decades-long dithering on Independence is a scar that has deep economic impacts on our City and region.
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East Charlotte residents are overwhelmingly in support of Charlotte’s 2030 Transit plan especially the build out of the streetcar line to the site of the former Eastland Mall. In her recent Op-Ed Piece for Charlotte Agenda, Erin Chantry, a LEED AP ND, CNU-A Urban Designer and Planner, provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of investing in the streetcar. Erin says, “…the streetcar is a catalyst that can create continuous dense and walkable development built around unique and active public infrastructure.” That’s our dream in east Charlotte – 2030 will be here before we know it!
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As you probably already know, the Grand Opening of the CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar was held yesterday. The celebration was attended by many including east Charlotte advocates Billy Maddalon (who provided these great pictures and videos), Mattie Marshall, Louise Woods, and Diane Langevin. Former City of Charlotte Mayor and current US Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx was present to open the line. He encouraged Charlotte to maintain their investments in the streetcar and transit.
The streetcar project is a transit asset that will improve the quality of life for many east and west Charlotte residents by providing transportation choices. As an economic development tool, the streetcar is a key investment in the long-term viability of our city’s core. Residents of east Charlotte support the extension of the streetcar as planned further down Central Ave all the way to the site of the former Eastland Mall.
The streetcar currently runs from Time Warner Cable Arena to Novant Presbyterian Hospital about 1.5 miles. The ride is currently FREE. The streetcar arrives at stops about every 15 minutes and I one-way trip is about 10 minutes. The streetcar operates 6am-11pm (Mon-Thurs), 6am-midnight (Fri), 8am-midnight (Sat) and 9am-7pm (Sunday).
The streetcar travels in the same lane with cars but is not able to stop as fast as a car. If a streetcar is behind you, please be safe and do not make sudden stops. Also, give plenty of following distance and watch for pedestrians.
Check out the videos of the inaugural rides below!