North Carolina

Heritage Trolley, light rail

Charlotte's LYNX light rail line opened in November 2007. The 15.5 km, 15 station line shares stops with the
city's heritage trolley, which is some ways was a precursor to the light rail line in much the way that Little Rock, Arkansas's line is expected to be.

A 10 mile streetcar is also planned, with the first 1.5 miles already having received financing from the federal givernment.

One web site defines Charlotte's Lynx as it's subway system. Well, it's certainly not a subway and to me, a "system" requires at least two lines. Color me old.

9.4 mile extension is in the early planning stages, with an expected opening date of March 2017.

Official Home page (CATS)

  • A Brief History of the Charlotte Streetcars
  • Charlotte city auditors question LYNX contractor expenses
  • Survery & Research Report: The Charlotte Trolley
  • More about Charlotte streetcars from Jon Bell
  • A short fact page from
  • Charlotte streetcar home page
  • Railway Preservation's Charlotte Trolley page
  • Charlotte-Mecklenberg Historic Landmarks Commission trolley page


  • Raleigh-Durham

    Light Rail (proposed)

    A cost sharing plan has been developed for two North Carolina counties to split the $316.2 million cost of building a 17.4-mile light rail line that would link Durham and Chapel Hill. The light rail route is part of a transportation improvement plan for the Triangle metro area which includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Durham and Orange County voters passed a sales tax to fund light rail  However, Wake County's commissioner is reluctant to allow the sales tax funding vote put on Raleigh's ballot due to concerns of low rail usage and high costs.

    Triangle Transit Authority home page
    Proposed Light Rail Map

    Winston Salem
    streetcar - proposed

    A downtown streetcar connecting with Winston-Salem University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is
    being proposed.