The CityLYNX Gold Line Project is a key recommendation of the 2030 Transit Plan.
The alignment will serve the central business district (CBD) and serves as a critical economic development tool to focus growth along key corridors, connecting neighborhoods to community interests such as businesses, employment, entertainment, educational institutions, healthcare, etc.
The CityLYNX Gold Line also serves as a critical connection for the efficient and robust operation of the overall transit system, linking together all the current and future rapid transit lines:
- Blue Line,
- Red Line – North Corridor
- Silver Line – Southeast Corridor
- West Corridor – Airport
and linking four of CATS current and future transit centers.
The CityLYNX Gold Line will use modern rail vehicles similar in features and design as light rail vehicles and run 10 miles along Beatties Ford Road near I-85 through the CBD along Trade Street, traveling up Elizabeth Avenue by Central Piedmont Community College and out to Central Avenue at Eastland Mall and implemented in a phased approach.
Phase 1: Currently under construction this phase will provide a 1.5-mile route from the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) on Trade Street to Presbyterian Hospital at Hawthorne Lane and Fifth Street. The 1.5-mile alignment will have six stops, including a connection to the LYNX Blue Line.
Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) on Trade Street to Presbyterian Hospital at Hawthorne Lane and Fifth Street.
Phase 2: Extends 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.
The streetcar is also a key component to implementing the Center City 2010 Vision Plan, helping to create "a livable and memorable Center City." Further, 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.