Lonely Planet Writer

Charlotte’s first streetcar in 77 years starts rolling

Charlotte in North Carolina saw its first streetcar in 77 years rolling through town on Tuesday.

Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, South Carolina.
Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, South Carolina. Image by Erik Cleves Kristensen / CC BY 2.0

The Gold Line car was feted with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a speech by the city mayor, Anthony Foxx. The cars are completely free and will run a route of 1.5 miles from the Time Warner Cable Arena to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and will be serving mainly minority neighbourhoods in east and west Charlotte. Foxx said he hoped the new transportation would bring economic development to the city and also close racial and economic divisions. The cars have six stops and will run from 6am to 11pm on weekdays, 8am to midnight Saturday, and 9am to 7pm on Sunday. Read more: charlottleobserver.com