7th Street station (Charlotte)
|LYNX light rail station|
|Location||260 East Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
|Owned by||Charlotte Area Transit System|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Bicycle facilities||Racks available|
|Opened||June 28, 2004|
|Rebuilt||November 24, 2007|
|Previous names||6th Street|
7th Street station is a light rail station for the LYNX Blue Line in Center City Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Serving as the northern terminus of the line, it is located between 6th and 7th Streets; several privately operated parking decks and lots surround the station. Notable places nearby include Discovery Place, Hearst Tower, ImaginOn, Levine Museum of the New South, Main Public Library and the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square.
The station, originally known as 6th Street, first opened for service on June 28, 2004, for the historic Charlotte Trolley, with one track and one platform, located north adjacent to Bland Street. Originally with one track active and one platform, it operating for little over 19 months, before closing on February 6, 2006, to be reconstructed for the LYNX Blue Line. To put some distance from the new CTC/Arena Station, the newly renamed 7th Street Station was moved further north onto adjacent 7th Street. The original side platform and structure, located at the southeast corner of 6th Street, was razed; Center City Green, a parking deck, is currently located at the former location. During the early planning phase of the Blue Line, in February 2002, it was decided that 7th Street would be the northern terminus of the line, while 9th Street would continue to be the northern terminus for the Charlotte Trolley. The station officially reopened for service on Saturday, November 24, 2007, and as part of its opening celebration fares were not collected. Regular service with fare collection commenced on Monday, November 26, 2007. By 2017, the side platforms were lengthen, extending towards 6th Street, which will allow three-car trains at the station.
As part of the CATS Art in Transit program, 7th Street 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, river stone benches by Hoss Haley and finishes on the track fencing, shelter windscreens and column cladding featuring a leaf motif of species of tree found in the station by Shaun Cassidy.
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- "7th Street Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on January 4, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.