Charlotte Streetcar to Shut Down for 18 Months

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Big changes are on the way for Charlotte’s streetcar.

CATS is shutting down CityLYNX Gold Line Service while crews finish phase two of the project.

“It lets me off right across the street from my job, so that’s so convenient,” explains rider Veronica Clay.

She wasn’t aware of the shut down. Starting June 3rd, a bus bridge will replace the service for at least 18 months.

Phase two will see the trolley extended to Johnson C. Smith University.

Half of the $150 million dollar extension is being paid for by the federal government. The other half is coming from unallocated money and contingency funds.

No property tax money is being used.

Former Mayor Anthony Foxx championed the project, saying it will bring economic opportunity to the east and west sides of town.

But paying for the project has been controversial.

New streetcars will look more like light rail rains. But ridership could go down because CATS will start charging $2.20 a ride when phase two opens.