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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 construction in December 2012. This phase will provide 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 will have six stops, including a connection to the LYNX Blue Line and will begin service in June of 2015. The estimated costs of Phase 1 is $37 million.
Phase 2 extends the Phase 1 streetcar alignment by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends, creating a system that extends 4 miles. CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 will head west 2 miles from Charlotte Transportation Center to French Street and east one-half mile along Hawthorne Lane from Novant Health to Sunnyside Avenue.
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.
CATS anticipates to advance the project as a design, bid, and build project in early 2016. Construction is projected to begin late 2016. Phase 2 service start date is projected in late 2019.