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USA: The CityLYNX Gold Line tram route in Charlotte opened for passenger service at 13.00 on July 14.
The 1 km line runs on-street from Time Warner Cable Arena to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with six stops. There are services every 15 min in the peaks and 20 min off-peak, from 06.00 to 23.00 on weekdays (midnight on Fridays), 08.00 to midnight on Saturdays and 09.00 to 19.00 on Sundays. Travel is free.
Construction began in December 2012 and cost $37m. Of this, almost $25m came from the Federal Transit Administration’s Urban Circulator programme, and the remainder from the city.
Phase 2 would extend the route at both ends by a total of 4 km, to French Street in the west and to Sunnyside Avenue in the east, with 11 stops, at an estimated cost is $150m. The city plans to replace the replica heritage vehicles with modern cars when the second phase opens.
Construction of Phase 2 is scheduled to begin late 2016, with passenger service starting in late 2019. Subsequent construction could eventually bring the Gold Line to 16 km in length.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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