Jul
09

Charlotte Finds Light-Rail Success

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Yeah, I know……….Charlotte is in North Carolina. But, with all of the talk of light rail, and high gas prices, I thought this article would be of interest.

Lynx draws riders, and property values along the tracks are going up

July 9, 2008

By David Slade – The Post and Courier

The Lynx arrives quietly, rolling on seamless rails that will carry about 6,300 people on this weekday morning from park-and-ride lots on the outskirts of the city to jobs downtown.

The Lynx is an electric light-rail system that started running in November and quickly exceeded ridership predictions. Near many of the 15 stations along the 9.6-mile line, new condominiums and other buildings are under construction, and property values are rising fast.

In Charleston, proponents of light rail and streetcars point to Charlotte as a success story and a model to consider.

Lisa Traylor works in Charlotte’s banking district and enjoys reading a book on the Lynx Blue Line instead of sitting in traffic. She leaves her car in a free park-and-ride lot, saving money on gas and even more on downtown parking.

“I figure I’m saving $2,400 a year,” she said. “It’s about the same amount of (commuting) time, but it’s less hassle.”

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LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/jul/09/charlotte_finds_light_rail_success46849/
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