CATS New CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar Begins Taking Passengers

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Beginning Monday, August 30th, CATS officials say the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar will begin taking passengers.

Transit officials say the streetcar will operate every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Anyone interested in taking the streetcar can ride for free until January of 2022, according to a news release.

CATS officials say from August 26th through August 29th, they will continue testing streetcars on the alignment from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m. (simulating passenger service).

Officials say phase 2 of the project extended the existing streetcar tracks by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends of the line, connecting the Historic West End to the Elizabeth neighborhood through uptown Charlotte.

CATS officials say with the opening of the new line of streetcars, there will eventually be a fleet of five operating in and around Charlotte.

Anyone with questions can call CATS Customer Service at 704-336-7433.

Update (02/24/21):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CATS officials say integrated systems testing for their new fleet of CityLYNX Gold Line modern streetcars will take place on Wednesday, February 24th and Thursday, February 25th.

Testing will start around 10 p.m. and continue for several hours into the night, according to a news release.

Transit officials say during this time the project team will run one of the new, hybrid streetcars between the Charlotte Transportation Center in uptown and French Street.

Officials say residents may overhear beeps, alarms, voices, and other noises during this phase of testing.

Original Story (2/10/21):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CATS Officials say on Tuesday, February 9th they started in-street vehicle testing their new fleet of CityLYNX Gold Line modern streetcars.

Officials say they will continue to test the new fleet intermittently for the next several weeks at night during this phase of the project called Integrated Systems Testing.

During these tests, a project team will certify platform and pantograph clearances, allow for adjustments of the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) wire, and ensure all electrical systems are functioning properly, according to a news release.

CATS officials say when the Integrated Systems Testing phase is over, they will start mandatory Pre-Revenue Testing to simulate the money they expect to make during normal operating hours.

Officials say this phase of testing will provide a training experience for streetcar operators, and is mandatory to certify the new streetcar line meets the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and State Safety Oversight (SSO) requirements.

CATS officials urge any community members who plan on traveling near or around a streetcar to review their safety rules here to avoid any accidents.