Sometime in the next month Charlotte's Restored Trolley system, will begin regular service between South End and 9th street downtown. This is an approximately 2.5 mile line and will eventually be served by 4 cars. Car 85 is a restored car from Charlotte's earlier system which closed in 1936, and the remaining cars are being built from scratch. This is not to be confused with the South LRT which will be coming in a few years. I was out the other day and took these photos for my website but I thought they might also be appreciated here. The Trolley and the new sidewalk that parallels the tracks is bringing life back to an area that until a few years ago was quite crime ridden. This is the type of Transit Oriented Development that I hope we see more of.
The Park Street Station. Notice how people are already enjoying the facilities.
DT Charlotte as seen from the Station. I like the nice sidewalk and landscaping that follows the tracks.
Here comes the trolley! Right now it only travels from SouthEnd up Camden Road, but people are using it even in its limited mode.
When the overhead catenary is energized, the Trolley wil no longer need to carry its own generator. (blue/green device in back)
Station at East Blvd and the beginning of SouthEnd
Granted, Charlotte has bulldozed down much of its past, but at least along this line the new condos being built feature street level retail and easy access to the Trolley.
Live Work Condos
Everyone enjoys using the new sidewalks. For the local people, the guy in the blue is Bobby Sisk from Channel 36 (masquerades as NBC 6 )
Don't know who these people are
The Kingston Condo
The Park Ave Condos
Many new businesses are opening. Here is an example of one.
Phat Burrito and the Prices Chicken Coop are located on the line. Both are very popular these days.