The Transit Corridor System Plan
The 2025 Integrated Transit/Land Use Plan serves as a vision, focusing growth along five transportation corridors, linking our area's key centers of economic activity.
The Plan at a Glance:
Once completed, this plan will encompass:
25 miles of commuter rail
19 miles of light rail
16 miles of streetcar
Expanded network of buses
Currently under construction, the LYNX Blue Line Extension will run from 7th Street in Center City to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This project will provide a consistent commute along congested I-85/US 29 corridor and improve transit service to regional employment, entertainment, cultural and retail destinations, including Center City Charlotte, professional sports and entertainment facilities, the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and link UNC Charlotte's University City and Uptown campuses.
Connecting east and west Charlotte with destinations throughout Uptown, the streetcar line will bring Center City together like never before. The alignment will serve as a critical economic development tool to focus growth along key corridors and linking neighborhoods to community destinations, such as entertainment, educational institutions and employment opportunities. Upon completion the CityLYNX Gold Line will also connect with all current and future rapid transit lines including the LYNX Blue Line, Red Line, Sliver Line and the West Corridor.
Reminiscent of Charlotte's trolley lines in the early 20th century, the CityLYNX Gold Line will provide a modern, emission-free, high-capacity transportation alternative.
The construction of the Streetcar Starter Project is currently underway. This 1.5 mile service from Center City will serve CPCC, Novant Hospital and over 2,000 small businesses near the line. Phase 1 will have six stops, including a connection to the LYNX Blue Line. Completion is scheduled for 2015.
Phase 2 will extend the project from the Charlotte Transportation Center west to French Street beyond Johnson C. Smith University and east from Novant Hospital to Sunnyside Ave. Construction of phase 2 is planned for 2016 with an anticipated service start date of 2019.
From bustling Center City to the beautiful Lake Norman area to roaring Race City, USA, the LYNX Red Line will provide passengers with commuter rail service between Charlotte and Mooresville. The LYNX Red Line will connect the towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville to Center City Charlotte at the proposed multimodal station, Charlotte Gateway Station.
The Charlotte region entered a new era in public transportation in 2007 with the opening of the LYNX Blue Line. The LYNX Blue averages over 15,000 rides each weekday and has been recognized nationwide for its success. It's been named one of the safest new-start light rail systems in the United States, with only one preventable accident since the service started.
The Blue Line offers fast, quiet, convenient light-rail service between Uptown Charlotte and I-485 at South Boulevard. With service every 10 minutes during rush hour, the LYNX Blue Line provides a 20 minute congestion-free commute. Dozens of bus routes are timed to connect with trains at the Blue Line stations, making it easy to get to where you need to be.
The LYNX Blue Line has helped to invigorate businesses and residential areas along South Boulevard. In addition to attracting riders Charlotte's South End has generated over $1.15 billion in actual and proposed corridor development through 2012. Other City of Charlotte investments in the area include road, sidewalk, storm drainage, and beautification improvements along South Boulevard, Old Pineville Road and adjacent neighborhoods.