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Charlotte - October 2004
   

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Charlotte, NC — Earlier Streetcars

Rail Transit Online – October 2004

The heritage streetcar line linking the South End to the uptown district will start running four hours earlier and more frequently on Oct. 18.  The two cars currently in operation, original Charlotte trolley No. 85 and replica open-bench No. 1776 borrowed from Gomaco, now begin operation at 11 a.m with hourly runs.  The new schedule calls for a 7 a.m. weekday start time and a 30-min. headway.  The reason for the changes, according to Charlotte Area Transit System officials, is demand for service from South End residents who want to use the trolleys to reach their jobs.  Hundreds of new condos and apartments have been built along the rail corridor in recent years, and many residents said they moved into the area so they could use the streetcars.  Service began last June, about two years behind schedule, and so far ridership has been strong. 

 

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