CityLYNX Gold Line
The CityLYNX Gold Line is a 10-mile streetcar system that is an integral part of the 2030 Transit Plan and is being constructed in phases. The alignment will connect through Charlotte's central business district and serves as a critical economic development driver that focuses on growth along key corridors. It will also connect neighborhoods to community interests such as businesses, healthcare facilities, entertainment centers, educational institutions and much more. The CityLYNX Gold Line will serve as a critical connection for the efficient and robust operation of Charlotte's overall transit system.
Construction for the CityLYNX Gold Line - Phase 1 began in December 2012. This phase, opened in summer 2015, provides a 1.5-mile route from the Charlotte Transportation Center on Trade Street to Novant Hospital at Hawthorne Lane and Fifth Street. The 1.5 mile alignment has six stops, including a connection to the LYNX Blue Line.
What's Next: Phase 2
Phase 2 will extend the Phase 1 segment by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends of the line creating an interim system for 4 miles. CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 will extend west 2 miles from Charlotte Transportation Center to French Street and east one-half mile along Hawthorne Lane from Presbyterian Hospital to Sunnyside Avenue.
Phase 2 is set to begin construction in fall 2016.
Phase 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.
Estimated cost: $150 million (provided through 50/50 federal match)
City Local Match: Non-Property Tax Capital Funding – 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 FTA’s Small Starts evaluation resulted in the project being rated medium/high.
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