Charlotte Gateway Station: FAQ
Q: Why do we need the Charlotte Gateway Station (CGS) project?
A: A variety of vital reasons including…
To develop and expand intermodal connections – Integrating various transportation modes, such as inter-city bus (Greyhound), inter-city rail (Amtrak), and CATS bus and streetcar services, provides the public "one-stop" transportation options and easier ways to connect between transportation alternatives.
To enhance inter-city passenger rail (Amtrak) service for Charlotte and the region – Economic connectedness, continue to develop transportation options to remain competitive in the global economy; more fully tie into markets in the southeast, east coast and national networks.
To reduce conflicts with freight operations and increase reliability for passenger service – Moving the Amtrak station from its current location – and separating passenger trains from freight on new track – meets the objective.
To locate a station in the right location with the right design – CGS will include a future permanent rail station that can be designed to accommodate the volume of passengers, appropriate access, and necessary amenities. The existing Amtrak station on North Tryon Street (north of center-city) no longer meets the needs of riders and cannot be modified.
To increase access to the region's employment, entertainment and cultural center – Over the last three decades, Charlotte's leaders have driven an impressive resurgence of Center City Charlotte. Making Center City more accessible is essential to sustaining its role in the region. The new station will have far better connections to amenities and economic drivers than presently exist.
Q: Where will the station be located?
A: The station will be located at the intersection of West Trade Street and Graham Street in vibrant downtown Charlotte (in the same block as the current Greyhound Bus Station).
Q: What modes of transportation will be served at the station?
A: The station will serve the CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar, CATS local and express bus routes, the possible CATS Red Line, and inter-city transportation such as Amtrak, Greyhound and future regional connections.
Q: How will the station be paid for?
A: The station will be paid for through a combination of federal, state and local funds. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) began acquiring property for this station in 1998. Property acquisition totaling 17 acres was completed in February 2004 which allows for the physical station as well as supportive land uses (i.e. retail and offices).
In October 2015, the City of Charlotte and NCDOT were awarded a $25 million federal TIGER grant. This grant is tied to the first phase of the project which is the track, structures, and signals (TS&S) component of the project.
The City of Charlotte (Charlotte Area Transit System) and NCDOT Rail Division are currently in the process of identifying funding for the remainder of the project including the procurement of a P3 partner for the development of a permanent station.
Additional funding will be needed in order to complete the CGS project.
Q: What will the final station look like?
A: The visioning process is in the early stages. In May 2016, the City of Charlotte and NCDOT selected a consultant team to lead the station area planning process. It is anticipated that this process will be completed by fall 2016 at which point more detailed station renderings may become available.
Q: When will the station open?
A: It is expected that Charlotte Gateway Station will be operational by 2024.
Q: How can I stay informed on the progress of the Charlotte Gateway Station (CGS) project?
A: People can stay informed by visiting RideTransit.org, by emailing CharlotteAreaTransitSystem@Charlottenc.gov or by contacting CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE(7433)