Charlotte’s streetcar to launch July 14

Charlotte’s streetcar to launch July 14
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Charlotte’s touted streetcar will open to riders July 14, the city announced Thursday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will be on hand to join city officials in dedicating the CityLYNX Gold Line service at 10 a.m. July 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena, according to the invitation from the city.

Here’s what you need to know:

What’s the deal?: Charlotte’s streetcar’s about to open for business.

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When can I ride it?: July 14

How much will it cost: Nothing. It’s free.

When will it operate: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 6 a.m. to midnight Friday; 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where will it take me? The line will run from Time Warner Cable Arena to Hawthorne and Fifth streets.

How many cars will there be?: 3

How many passengers can they hold?: 60

Will the streetcar be popular?: CATS expects strong ridership. “Seeing the CityLYNX Gold Line vehicles during testing has generated many inquiries from citizens hoping to ride. We look forward to opening another successful rail alignment in Charlotte,” said CATS spokeswoman Hillary R. Ryan.

Where can I get more information?: Call 704-336-RIDE or go to ridetransit.org.

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