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planned trolley

Construction is set to begin in 2015 on a heritage streetcar line connecting the city's downtown and Abbey College.


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.

The first 1.5 miles of a 10 mile streetcar opened in July 2015. Construction of the next 4 km is scheduled to begin in 2016.

Also under discussion is a 10 mile southeast Silver Line to Mecklenberg County.

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 lightrail.com

  • Charlotte streetcar home page
  • Railway Preservation's Charlotte Trolley page
  • Charlotte-Mecklenberg Historic Landmarks Commissiontrolley page

    A heritage trolley plan is in the early discussion stages. The streetcar would run on existing Piedmont & Northern tracks.


    Light Rail (planned)

    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 will 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.

    Triangle Transit Authority home page

    Winston Salem
    streetcar - proposed

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