CATS seeking input on LYNX Silver Line alignment

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is hosting an online open house for the LYNX Silver Line light rail, to present potential alignment and station changes in the Bojangles Coliseum area and around Center City Charlotte.

A public presentation was held last night and is available for viewing online until Nov. 17 on CATs’ website.

“We’ve been working with our stakeholders over the last two and a half to three years to really narrow in on what is the purpose of the project,” senior project manager Andy Mock said at the meeting.

He says the purpose is to provide a competitive and reliable transit alternative, improve local connectivity and enhance opportunities for “equitable transit-oriented development.

Visit RideTransit.org/LYNXSilverLine to access the online open house and submit comments to the LYNX Silver Line team.

The LYNX Silver Line is a planned 29-mile, 31 station light rail alignment from the City of Belmont in Gaston County, through Center City Charlotte and the Town of Matthews, into Union County. Key connections include:

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Bank of America Stadium
  • Truist Field
  • Charlotte Gateway District
  • CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar
  • LYNX Blue Line Light Rail
  • Bojangles Coliseum
  • Ovens Auditorium
  • Novant Uptown and Matthews hospitals
  • Town of Matthews
  • Sportsplex
  • CPCC Central and Levine campuses

In January 2022, the CATS’ policy board, the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC), approved a refined Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and phasing strategy for construction of the LYNX Silver Line.

Phase A, which would be designed and constructed first, would start at Charlotte Gateway Station (CGS) and extend eastward to the Town of Matthews; Phase B would extend westward from CGS to I-485 in western Mecklenburg County.

Subsequent phases would extend farther in each direction into Gaston and Union Counties. In the near term, CATS anticipates taking the Phase A segment further into design and environmental review.

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