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
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.