CATS offers new South End light rail station – WSOC TV
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte area transit system officials have proposed a new South End light rail station near Publix and Sycamore/Atherton Lofts.
Publix station would be for the incoming train. Sycamore/Atherton Lofts station would be for outbound passengers.
A pedestrian crossing would connect the two stops.
Two public hearings were held to discuss light rail stations in the South End.
South End is a popular area that has seen strong growth in recent years, which is one of the reasons for the new station. CATS said the other reason for the new shutdown is that people are jumping over that fence and crossing the tracks, trying to get to Publix, instead of walking around.
“People are jumping here and here every day,” said South End resident Kevin Olmsted.
The goal is to start construction in late 2024 or early 2025. The commissioning date for the shutdowns will be late 2026.
At the city’s transportation committee meeting, CATS CEO John Lewis acknowledged that the long delay isn’t ideal, but neither are the alternatives.
“Obviously we can’t close the corridor. I wouldn’t want to close the area and have a bus bridge around it. It just complicates rail line travel and operations,” Lewis said.
In 2018, the Charlotte City Council made a new light rail station in this area a priority as part of the South End Vision plan. Last year, board members approved nearly $2 million to begin engineering and designing the plan. Under the proposal, the city would pay for construction using a combination of public and private funds.
Some neighbors Channel 9 has spoken to are excited about the possibility, particularly at sporting events.
“The only problem is that I have to walk about a mile, a mile and a half to the East/West station where I live, so if there was a stop right at my doorstep that would be great,” said South End. resident Michael Gacevich.
“I take it quite often to get downtown, you know, every time I go to a Hornets or Panthers game, a Charlotte FC game,” said fellow South End resident Robert Troy. . “I think it would be pretty well put to use.”
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CATS said a cost has not been determined for the project, but Charlotte City Council will need to approve it. The light rail stop will also add around 90 seconds to people’s journeys if they pass through it.
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