Getting around Charlotte just got easier. Thanks to a new mode of transportation that is both greener and cleaner called light rail, meeting attendees now have the option of riding the rails to get from point A to point B. Running through Center City as well as ten miles south to Charlotte’s suburbs, the LYNX Blue Line will be pulling into the station at the end of November 2007.
Charlotte keeps its eyes to the sky with new development and smart city planning at every turn these days, so the city was a natural fit for the light rail project. The Queen City’s pedestrian-friendly cityscape and busy highways needed a transit alternative, especially in the booming southern outskirts of the city. Taking a page from green successes in Denver and Portland, the Charlotte light rail cars, which are electric, are environmentally friendlier and much quieter than the diesel counterparts found in most cities.
With 15 convenient stops including one in the heart of the Charlotte Convention Center, trains will meet in a central hub near the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Center City. The walk-able proximity to much of Center City – including the new mixed-use entertainment and retail development, EpiCentre – makes light rail an easy transit option for meeting attendees. Trains will run mostly at ground level with simple canopied stations, while service will run daily from 5am to 1pm. Additional stations are located along stretches with abundant dining, shopping, and entertainment options, especially in South End and Center City.
Not only an important plan for Charlotte’s dynamic growth, the light rail is also key for conventions pulling into town. A 25-year plan seeks to implement four additional transit lines to be opened in the north, northeast, southeast, and west corridors, servicing areas that include the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. For more information on this cutting edge development in Charlotte and others, call 1-800-722-1994 or log onto www.visitcharlotte.com.