• LYNX - Charlotte NC Light Rail (CATS, NS, NCRR)

  • General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by jmeechum
 
Unfortunately, no. I was just passing by on my stay down there. I'll probably have some in a few months... we should be moving down there before the end of the year (if all goes well...)
  by Arborway
 
That's OK, the pictures you've offered are much appreciated. :)
  by superbad
 
wasn't this sales tax repeal vote squashed by a landslide?
  by jtbell
 
Yes, it was.

Ridership so far has been well over projections, by the way. I understand that the parking garage at I-485 (the outer end of the line) has been filling up early most weekday mornings, so that CATS is looking at ways to expand capacity there. They've also increased service on weekends from every 20 minutes during the day to every 15 minutes.

On the other hand, banking is the biggest employer in central Charlotte, and Wachovia is now being taken over by Wells Fargo, so that may have some impact on ridership.

Also, CATS has just raised fares because of increased expenses.
  by jmeechum
 
Image

Sharon Rd. West Station.... I'll get interior pictures one of these days, since I moved down here in November.
  by Patrick Boylan
 
the interiors, and now that I think of it, the exteriors, look a lot like Houston's lrv's.
Particularly the ramp instead of steps from the doorway to the end seats.
  by jtbell
 
Indeed, Charlotte and Houston use the same model LRV (Siemens Avanto S70), customized differently. For example, the Charlotte trains have couplers for multiple-unit operation, whereas the Houston trains apparently don't (or maybe they're simply hidden). Also, Charlotte has the destination sign above the operator's windshield, but Houston has it below.

Charlotte

Houston
  by Patrick Boylan
 
I rode Houston Black Friday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, there were only single units. I was assuming they'd run 2 cars on regular weekdays.
Now that you've provided a photo I realize I wasn't paying much attention, because I didn't notice they apparently have no coupler. And I took photos and movies, I'll have to recheck them and the literature when I get home.
  by Jeff Smith
 
The Blue Line is being extended: http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/ne ... aches.html
The Charlotte Area Transit System has achieved a key milestone in its efforts to extend the Lynx Blue Line light-rail system.

CATS reached agreements this week with North Carolina Railroad Co. and Norfolk Southern Corp., signing a 50-year lease and agreements regarding the construction and operation of the light-rail project, known as the Blue Line Extension.

The 2.7-mile extension runs along an NCRR corridor from East 12th Street to a point near Eastway Drive. Local transportation officials plan to eventually extend service all the way to UNC Charlotte, adding 9.4 miles to the existing route. Service on the extension is expected to begin in 2017.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/charlo ... 2012-05-16
As part of the agreement, CATS will make improved safety enhancements at 36th Street for freight and future passenger rail service by building a bridge over the railroad tier for pedestrians and vehicles.

Additional operational and construction agreements with Norfolk Southern allow CATS to construct, operate and maintain the Blue Line Extension through North Charlotte.

"Norfolk Southern has worked on other projects with the City, and we are happy to continue this high degree of cooperation with CATS under the capable direction of Carolyn Flowers," said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. "Our team has worked closely with CATS on the Blue Line Extension and we are hopeful that CATS will be successful in their application for Federal Transit Administration funding."

"Along with freight rail, we see expanding passenger rail and commuter rail options essential for addressing growth in our state," said John Atkins, Chairman of the N.C. Railroad Company Board of Directors. "In terms of reliability, efficiency and cost, rail will continue to play a vital role in moving people and goods in North Carolina."

CATS and NCRR will not share tracks, but will share the NCRR corridor. Saylor is pleased with the design of a light rail system that is compatible with current corridor use, and future expansion.
  by Bob Roberts
 
Jeff Smith wrote:The Blue Line is being extended: http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/ne ... aches.html
Hopefully, but there is still one more big step before the Blue Line Extension is a sure thing.The NCRR / NS agreement announced today allows CATS to complete final design for the BLE.Once final design is complete (a couple of months) then the FTA can sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement. It is hoped that the FFGA will be signed sometime in the 'Fall' (I am guessing right before the DNC). The federal FFGA is the last preconstruction step in the process, the state signed their 25% FFGA last month.
Last edited by Bob Roberts on Thu May 17, 2012 8:49 pm, edited 2 times in total.