CATS offers new South End light rail station

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 crossing of tracks would connect the two stops.

The objective is to start construction at the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025. The commissioning date for the shutdowns will be the end of 2026.

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 over the past few years.

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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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