3rd Street (LYNX station)

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3rd Street
LYNX light rail station
3rd Street (LYNX station).jpg
Jody Pinto shelters on the eastern side.
Station statistics
Address 305 East Third Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Coordinates 35°13′25″N 80°50′35″W / 35.22361°N 80.84306°W / 35.22361; -80.84306
Line(s)
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms[1]
Tracks 2[1]
Bicycle facilities racks available
Other information
Opened 24 November 2007
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Charlotte Area Transit Systems
Services
Preceding station   CATS   Following station
LYNX Blue Line
toward 7th Street
Charlotte Trolley
toward 9th Street

The 3rd Street/Convention Center station is a rail station for both the LYNX Blue Line and the historic Charlotte Trolley in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.. The station officially opened for service on Saturday, November 24, 2007, and as part of its opening celebration fares were not collected.[2] Regular service with fare collection commenced on Monday, November 26, 2007.[2]

The station is located between East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and East 3rd Street between North Brevard Street and South College Street. It has side platforms, which sit on either side of the tracks. Between the 3rd Street and the Stonewall stations, the line passes through a tunnel through the center of the Charlotte Convention Center.

Notable places nearby[edit]

Public art[edit]

As part of the CATS Art in Transit program, the 3rd Street features several pieces intended to provide a better overall aesthetic for the station. The most notable work at the station is the lighting created by the artist Jody Pinto.[3] The display encompasses 20 illuminated fiberglass canopies that also serve as shelter for users during inclement weather. The canopies range in height from 9 feet (3 m), 11 feet (3 m), and 13 feet (4 m) and are either green or berry in color.[3] Additional works include bas-reliefs entitled Gingko by Alice Adams, drinking fountain basins designed to look like dogwoods, the North Carolina state flower, by Nancy Blum and track fencing featuring dogwood leaves by Shaun Cassidy.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 3rd Street station site plan[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Harrison, Steve; Kristen Valle (2007-11-25). "Light rail, heavy traffic - Thousands wait in lines for a free ride on 1st day". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1A. 
  3. ^ a b Dellert O'Keef, Judy (Summer 2007). "Sheltering Passengers with Art: Pinto Transforms 3rd Street Station". South Transitions. Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 2007-09-29. [dead link]
  4. ^ "3rd Street Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 35°13′25″N 80°50′35″W / 35.22361°N 80.84306°W / 35.22361; -80.84306