CATS Celebrates Groundbreaking of CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 Project

Juliann Sheldon

Charlotte, N.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined local dignitaries today to commemorate the groundbreaking of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project with a ceremony in Charlotte’s Historic West End.  


​The CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project will extend streetcar service west two miles from the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) through Uptown Charlotte and the Historic West End neighborhoods to French Street. At the other end of the line, the project will extend service east one-half mile along Hawthorne Lane from Novant Presbyterian Hospital to Sunnyside Avenue. 


“Once Phase 2 is complete, the CityLYNX Gold line will strengthen important transit connections to two of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods”, said District 1 City Councilmember Patsy Kinsey.  District 2 Councilmember Al Austin added, “These transit connections will pave the way for exciting development and economic opportunity on the outskirts of Uptown Charlotte”.


The project, with a total cost of $150 million, will add 11 stops and replace the existing replica Gomaco vehicles with six S70 Siemens modern streetcars with hybrid technology.


The first phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line, began revenue service in July 2015, is a 1.5-mile segment of the future full 10-mile streetcar system.  With a cost of $37 million, the Phase 1 surpassed ridership projections from the outset. It currently travels from the CTC via Trade Street to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with six stops that allow citizens to connect to CATS bus and LYNX Blue Line light rail services, small businesses, Central Piedmont Community College and Novant Hospital.


“Constructing Phase 2 of the CityLYNX Gold Line is a monumental step in building out our overall transit system”, said CATS CEO John Lewis, “This important cross-town connection will strengthen transportation choices for the Charlotte region”.


For more information about the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project visit or call CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).