Stonewall (LYNX station)

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Stonewall
LYNX light rail station
Stonewall (LYNX station).jpg
Looking south across the I-277 bridge.
Station statistics
Address 260 East Stonewall Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Coordinates 35°13′17″N 80°50′49″W / 35.22139°N 80.84694°W / 35.22139; -80.84694
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 Stonewall 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 along East Stonewall Street between South Brevard Street and South College Street. It has side platforms, which sit on either side of the tracks. The station is located adjacent to the Westin Charlotte and is across Stonewall Street from the Charlotte Convention Center. The station was originally constructed as a station for the Charlotte Trolley.


Notable places nearby[edit]

Public art[edit]

As part of the CATS Art in Transit program, Stonewall features several pieces intended to provide a better overall aesthetic for the station. The 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, leaf motifs on both the pavers and shelters by Leticia Huerta and track fencing featuring maple leaves by Shaun Cassidy.[3]

Bridge controversy[edit]

In 1991 when the South College site was chosen as the location for the new Charlotte Convention Center, the demolition of the original rail span built in the 1950s was imminent. Its demolition became necessary as it would not properly align with the proposed design of the new convention center. As a result, it was demolished in 1991 even though it was a known route for a future light rail or trolley line into Uptown.[4] The construction of the replacement span commenced in Spring 1999 and was complete by summer 2001.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 3rd Street station site plan
  2. ^ a b Harrison, Steve; Kristen Valle (November 25, 2007). "Light rail, heavy traffic - Thousands wait in lines for a free ride on 1st day". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1A. 
  3. ^ "Stonewall Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ Whitacre, Diane (July 18, 1998). "Railroad's bridge replacement a result of many factors". The Charlotte Observer. pp. 1C. 
  5. ^ Whitacre, Diane (November 28, 1999). "Trolley bridge work to begin". The Charlotte Observer. pp. 4B. 

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