FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2015
Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined US Secretary of Transportation and former Mayor of Charlotte Anthony Foxx at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar which opened today. Also among the speakers for the celebration were District One Councilmember Patsy Kinsey, President of J.C. Smith University Dr. Ron Carter, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners Michael Smith, as well as the Interim CEO of CATS John Muth. Former Mayor Harvey Gantt and several elected officials also attended.
Today’s ceremony signaled the completion of phase one of the ten mile project, which is an integral part of Charlotte's 2030 transit plan. Phase one includes 1.5 miles which begins at the Transportation Center in Uptown and make stops down to Novant Presbyterian Hospital at Hawthorne Lane and Fifth Street.
“The CityLYNX Gold Line provides a modern, emission-free, high-capacity transportation alternative that is reminiscent of a ‘golden’ era in Charlotte’s history,” said Clodfelter. “It connects many anchor institutions such as Johnson C. Smith University and Novant Health Presbyterian hospital and reaffirms our commitment to focus on the East-West axis of our city.”
Mayor Clodfelter also said the alignment will serve as a critical economic development tool to focus growth along key corridors and link neighborhoods to community destinations, such as entertainment, educational institutions and employment opportunities.
US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx praised the city for its continuing effort to improve transportation in Charlotte. Foxx identified the gold line as the “beginning of a resurgence” in the city. The CityLynx Gold Line opened for service to the public at 1 pm. Additional information about the route can be found at: http://charmeck.org/cats/lynx/City-LYNX/Pages/default.aspx