CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2
Phase 2 extends the current streetcar segment by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends of the line, creating an interim system of 4 miles. CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 will extend west 2 miles from the Charlotte Transportation Center to French Street, and east one-half mile along Hawthorne Lane from Novant Presbyterian Hospital to Sunnyside Avenue.
Some highlights of Phase 2 include:
• 11 additional stops
• S70 Siemens modern streetcar vehicles with hybrid technology
In conjunction with Phase 2 of the Gold Line Streetcar Project, various city improvements will be made along the corridor including the realignment of Frazier Avenue
. This roadway realignment in Charlotte's Historic West End will align Frazier Avenue with Wesley Heights Way creating a four-way signalized intersection.
The streetcar will be critical in creating a transit focused and pedestrian oriented center city through developing an integrated transportation system of pedestrians, bikes, motor vehicles, transit, parking, and land development. The cost of Phase 2 is $150 million (provided through a 50/50 federal match).
Capital funding to cover the City’s 50% would come from unallocated and contingent capital accounts within the revenue sources, other than property taxes. Phase 2 was included in President Obama’s FY2016 budget for $75 million after the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts evaluation resulted in the project being rated “medium-high”.
Construction is projected to begin early 2017. Phase 2 service start date is projected in 2020.