Tonight, the Charlotte City Council approved the constructing phase 2 of the Charlotte City Lynx Gold Line light rail. This was expected as the Lynx Blue line has shown itself to be, not only successful in transporting residents but revitalizing neighborhoods. Now, with the Blue line extension from Uptown to UNCC less than a year from completion, everyone’s wondering if the light rail will have the same impact along North Tryon as it did down South Blvd.
Phase one of the CityLynx Gold Line takes passengers from the Charlotte Transportation Center in Uptown, down E. Trade Street and Elizabeth Avenue, through CPCC and on to Presbyterian Hospital. Eventually, the Gold Line project will continue along Hawthorne Lane, through Elizabeth, and on to Plaza Midwood.
Phase two, which was approved tonight, will take passengers in a light rail car (unlike the trolley that is running in phase one now) from the Charlotte Transportation Center, through Johnson and Wales University, through Wesley Heights, Five Points, Johnson C Smith University and end on French Street. Phase two will also extend the current Elizabeth section down Hawthorne Lane and will end on Sunnyside Ave; between the Metro 808 and Elizabeth Square apartments.
Phase two of the Lynx Gold line adds 11 stops to the current Phase one service. According to CATS website for the Phase two plan the stops would be located at:
- Sunnyside Ave and Hawthorne Lane
- Hawthorne and 8th St
- Trade and Tryon Streets
- Trade and Mint Streets
- Trade Street at Gateway (between Cedar and Graham)
- Johnson and Wales University
- Trade and Irwin Avenue
- Wesley Heights (near W Trade and Wesley Heights Way)
- Mosaic Village (W Trade and N Bruns Ave)
- Johnson C Smith University (assuming Beatties Ford Road)
- French Street (again assuming French and Beatties Ford).
The neighborhoods that will experience the biggest impact (based solely on proximity to the line) from the street car expansion include:
- Uptown (Third Ward and Fourth Ward)
- Smallwood (including French Square)
- Wesley Heights (including Grandin Heights, Celadon, Wesley View and Walnut Hill).
The CityLynx Gold Line connects neighborhoods that were once served by the 4 C Street Car Company in the 1920’s.