9th Street station (Charlotte)
|Charlotte Trolley Heritage Streetcar station|
|Location||East Ninth Street between College and Brevard
Charlotte, NC 28202
|Owned by||Charlotte Area Transit System|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Bicycle facilities||Racks available|
|Opened||June 28, 2004|
|Closed||June 28, 2010|
9th Street station is a light rail station for the future LYNX Blue Line in Center City Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. The station, which will features side platforms, which sit on either side of the tracks, is located adjacent to 9th Street. Notable places nearby the station include First Ward Park and the UNC Charlotte Center City Campus. The station is planned to be reopened tentatively in March 2018.
The station first opened for service on June 28, 2004, for the historic Charlotte Trolley, with one track and one platform, located south adjacent to 9th Street. Operating for little over 19 months, it was soon closed on February 6, 2006 because of LYNX Blue Line construction at neighboring 6th Street Station. The station reopened on April 20, 2008 when Charlotte Trolley service resumed, but was soon scaled back to weekend and special events in 2009. In 2010, the Charlotte Trolley service to the station was discontinued and the station was closed a second time. For the next few years, the station remained unused while planning and funding was established for the LYNX Blue Line Extension, which would incorporate 9th Street Station.
On July 18, 2013, the official groundbreaking took place near the 9th Street Station for the Extension; at the ceremony were the mayor of Charlotte Patsy Kinsey, UNCC chancellor Philip Dubois, federal transit administrator Peter Rogoff and N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte and an initial supporter of the LYNX project. By 2016, the original side platform and structure was razed with construction started on a new station located north adjacent to 9th Street.
- "North Carolina Streetcar Systems". Retrieved May 20, 2017.
- Harrison, Steve (July 22, 2010). "City wants federal grant for shorter Lynx extension". The Charlotte Observer.
- Haggerty, Neil (July 18, 2013). "LYNX Blue Line light rail extension breaks ground". The Charlotte Observer.
- "9th Street Station Site Plan" (PDF). March 8, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
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