The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has broken ground on Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) second phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar system in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The project will include the construction of 11 new stops, upgrades to six existing stops, and the purchase of six modern streetcars (trams).
Phase two of the 4km expansion is aimed at improving transit connections, offering access from economically diverse neighborhoods to Uptown Charlotte, and connecting key activity centres and facilities.
US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said: “The Charlotte Streetcar investment comes at a critical time for Charlotte. As the community seeks to reconnect areas of the city, expand job creation into historically underserved areas and bring the entire city together, this project has the potential to do so.
“This project can be more than a transportation asset; it can be a community builder.”
The $150M project is expected to be complete by mid-2020. FTA will provide $75M in funding for the project through its Capital Investment Grant Program, while the remaining funding will be provided by the city of Charlotte.
Following completion, the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar system will extend to 6km, from the original 2km first phase section that became operational in July 2015.
* LYNX Blue Line of The Charlotte Area Transit System pictured. Image credit: meunierd/Shutterstock.