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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) in North Carolina today opened its CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar service.
The streetcar will operate every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The service will be fare-free until January 2022, CATS officials said in a press release.
The Phase 2 project extended the existing streetcar track by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends of the line, connecting the Historic West End to the Elizabeth neighborhood through uptown Charlotte.
With the opening of the line, CATS will operate a fleet of five modern street vehicles. Designed with Siemens hybrid technology, the street vehicles will operate off-wire through the heart of uptown, maintaining a catenary-free zone.