3rd Street/Convention Center (Lynx station)
|LYNX light rail station|
Jody Pinto shelters on the eastern side.
|Location||305 East Third Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
|Owned by||Charlotte Area Transit Systems|
|Platforms||2 side platforms (in service)
1 side platform (abandoned)
|Bicycle facilities||racks available|
|Opened||June 28, 2004|
|Rebuilt||November 24, 2007|
|Previous names||Convention Center
3rd Street/Convention Center
The 3rd Street station is a light rail station on the LYNX Blue Line in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.. 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.
The station, originally known as Convention Center Station, first opened for service on June 28, 2004, for the historic Charlotte Trolley and was located adjacent to the Charlotte Convention Center. Originally with one track active and one platform, it operating for little over 19 months, before closing on February 6, 2006. When the station was reopened in November 24, 2007, it was grouped together with the newly constructed 3rd Street platforms for the LYNX Blue Line and was rechristened collectively as the 3rd Street/Convention Center Station. Regular service with fare collection commenced on Monday, November 26, 2007. Charlotte Trolley service resumed on April 20, 2008, but was scaled back to weekend and special events in 2009. In 2010, the Charlotte Trolley service was discontinued, leaving the Convention Center platform abandoned.
Notable places nearby
- NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Charlotte Convention Center
- CheckItOutlet microbranch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
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. 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. 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.
- 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.
- "North Carolina Streetcar Systems". Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Dellert O'Keef, Judy (Summer 2007). "Sheltering Passengers with Art: Pinto Transforms 3rd Street Station" (PDF). South Transitions. Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 2007-09-29.[dead link]
- "3rd Street Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21.[dead link]
- 3rd Street station site plan from CATS
- 3rd Street Station
- 3rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View