Light Rail Progress can be contacted at:
Light Rail Progress
A major step forward in the program to
install an interlaced heritage streetcar and modern LRT system in Charlotte, NC was
taken on Monday, 28 June 2004 with the launch of a heritage electric rail trolley
service from the city's South End through Uptown Charlotte. The rollout of historic
trolley service marked the return of electric trolley cars onto Charlotte's streets for the first time since service ended in 1938.
The trolley line runs approximately 2.1 miles with 10 stations
along the line (see map, below). Much of the route through
downtown will be shared with modern LRT trains of the South LRT line, now in development.
"Charlotte has a rich history of rail in this area and we are
honored to bring back a piece of nostalgia to Charlotte" said Ron
Tober, Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Area Transit System
(CATS), the region's public transit agency.
"This is a momentous occasion for the City of Charlotte"
proclaimed Mayor Patrick McCrory, adding that "The investment
value along this corridor is now at $400 million, and we expect it to
increase even more because of the thriving offices, housing, and
entertainment businesses. The opening of the trolley line will spur
further development, but it also provides the city with a new
historic cultural amenity, as well as a transportation choice, all rolled into one."
As Light Rail Now! has previously reported, light rail transit is proposed to run from Uptown Charlotte through south Charlotte. The planned 9.8-mile south LRT line, terminating just short of Pineville, is projected to cost $371 million, or about $38 million per mile, including the trackage shared with the existing historic trolley line.
Light Rail Now! website