Charlotte streetcar project enters second phase

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Construction is now underway on phase two of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar system. Elected officials recently gathered with representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation to celebrate the start of construction.

The 2.5-mile expansion project will connect uptown Charlotte neighborhoods with downtown campuses and the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. When completed, the streetcar project will operate over a total of four miles.

The $150-million project is partially funded by a $75-million grant through the Federal Transit Administration. The remaining cost is being covered by the city of Charlotte. The route is on schedule to open to the public by summer 2020.

The first 1.5-mile phase opened for service in July 2015.

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