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Old November 30th, 2007, 04:10 AM   #1
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Charlotte's Light Rail System

Charlotte's light rail service debuts to big crowds
25 November 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte's new light rail system is up and running, opening to crowds that were so big that some passengers needed another mode of transportation to get back to their cars.

Trains rolled into stations with people elbow to elbow. Riders waited as long as two hours at the I-485/South Boulevard station for free rides. And the Charlotte Area Transit System began driving rail passengers back to their cars on buses because the lines for return train trips were so long.

System officials expect North Carolina's first light-rail line will handle 9,100 passenger trips on an average weekday in its first year. On Saturday, it handled 34,000 trips in the first four hours, exceeding capacity of 25,000 trips in that period. there were some 60,000 trips by evening.

The line's biggest test comes Monday, when passengers must pay and CATS must compete with cars to attract commuters.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 04:10 AM   #2
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Ridership down on first official day of Charlotte light rail
27 November 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Last weekend, thousands of Charlotte residents rode for free on the city's new light rail service.

On the first official day of service on Monday, the Lynx Blue Line train carried far fewer people.

The Charlotte Area Transit System estimated that the trains would carry between 4,500 and 5,000 passenger trips. That's less than the projected first-year weekday ridership of 9,100, but CATS chief executive Ron Tober said he was pleased and expects ridership to rise.

Tober says it was a good first day given the rainy and foggy conditions. He says the system had trouble with some ticket vending machines that were not working, and integrating bus routes designed to feed people into the light-rail line.

A one-way trip costs $1.30. It takes about 25 minutes to travel the 9.6-mile route.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 03:13 AM   #3
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Ridership has since increased. The first day it was rainy, cold, and still new.

Here are some photos:






The bridges at the Tyvola Road Park and Ride Station. You can actually see South Park from this station.



Woodlawn Park & Ride Station.



Scaleybark Station with the skyline in the background.


Crowds at 7th street, CTC/Arena, 4th Street and Stonewall.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 05:19 AM   #4
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Those cars look damn sexy! I was really impressed. Congradulations Charlotte. I hope ther are more photos to come...
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 06:29 AM   #5
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The rolling stock looks so European.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 02:06 PM   #6
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The bridges at the Tyvola Road Park and Ride Station. You can actually see South Park from this station.
You mean the oh my god they killed kenny you bastards one?

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Old December 3rd, 2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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Beautiful pics! More pics. More, more, more!
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 09:35 PM   #8
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You mean the oh my god they killed kenny you bastards one?

Well that's in Colorado, so no, but South Park in Charlotte is the premier, high class mall. It's also a huge commercial engine and I wish that they were building a line there as well. I for one work at South Park and think that transit would be a brilliant idea there.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #9
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Southpark is the Buckhead of Charlotte as some people call it. I bet one day there will be a line to Southpark.

Great photos too style!
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Old December 4th, 2007, 11:06 AM   #10
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Looks like a great system -I really like the stations. Any maps?
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Old December 4th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #11
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Very nice looking system. The stations are especially impressive.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 02:18 AM   #12
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Looks like a great system -I really like the stations. Any maps?
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Old December 5th, 2007, 02:39 AM   #13
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Any maps of proposed extensions?
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what's the train schedule/frequency? and what's the vehicle passenger capacity, width, and length?
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Old December 5th, 2007, 09:26 AM   #15
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From the Charlotte Observer:

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Posted on Sun, Dec. 02, 2007
Surprises, glitches in Lynx 1st week
STEVE HARRISON
Light rail has been with us a week. How is it performing so far?
Its opening weekend went better than its most fervent supporters hoped, with packed trains during a two-day free trial. That was followed by smaller crowds on a cold, rainy Monday, and more crowded trains Tuesday, which included a sold-out Hannah Montana concert uptown that night.

Ridership on the Lynx Blue Line was just under 6,700 trips Monday and roughly 8,000 Tuesday. That averages to about 7,300 for the two days. CATS estimates that ridership will average 9,100 weekday trips in the first year, but CATS chief executive Ron Tober said he believes ridership will creep toward that goal.

"We're very pleased with the ridership," Tober said. "It's greater in the first week than I anticipated."

There have been a number of surprises about Charlotte's light-rail debut.

• Tober said midday trains have been more full than he expected. CATS runs single-car trains during the day, and almost all seats are taken, with some passengers standing. It appears there are as many people going into uptown as are leaving.

• Some park-and-ride lots at the line's southern end have attracted a sizeable number of cars. But lots closer to uptown are mostly empty.

• Trains are mostly running on schedule, though there have been some glitches. One of the biggest problems continues to be with the printers in the ticket vending machines. Passengers have grown frustrated by broken machines or lines at kiosks that are working.

Midday trains with sizeable crowds suggests the train line is doing well appealing to people who are using the train for pleasure trips or errands. Tober said he spent 90 minutes at the Charlotte Transportation Center/Arena station one afternoon last week and was pleased to see crowds on the platform.
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what's the train schedule/frequency? and what's the vehicle passenger capacity, width, and length?
Weekday
7.5 min/peak
15 min/midday
20min/evening

Trains are 91.3ft x 8.7ft, with 68 seats and a capacity of 236 pax. Same trains as Houston's.
http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/...l+Vehicles.htm

http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/...Fast+Facts.htm

Cool graphic from the observer:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/ima...nxgraphic.html

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Weekday
7.5 min/peak
15 min/midday
20min/evening

Trains are 91.3ft x 8.7ft, with 68 seats and a capacity of 236 pax. Same trains as Houston's.
http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/...l+Vehicles.htm

http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/...Fast+Facts.htm

Cool graphic from the observer:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/ima...nxgraphic.html
thanks for the info and links.

one more thing, what's the length of the station platforms?
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thanks for the info and links.

one more thing, what's the length of the station platforms?
Haha I have the feeling that you occasionally wake in the middle of night from platform length related nightmares Mr. X
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Looks great and like a proper system with euro-style light rail cars. $1.30 should attract many commuters to the system as well.
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Haha I have the feeling that you occasionally wake in the middle of night from platform length related nightmares Mr. X
Everywhere I go my mind measures what 40-metres looks like...and at night I wake up sweating and screaming at the sight of 40-metres, then realizing i had soiled myself. Oh, the humanity of 40-metres....
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