Bland Street station

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Bland Street
LYNX light rail station
LYNX (Bland Street Station).jpg
Looking North from the Bland Street Station
Location 1511 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
Coordinates 35°12′57″N 80°51′19″W / 35.21583°N 80.85528°W / 35.21583; -80.85528
Owned by Charlotte Area Transit Systems
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Bicycle facilities Racks available
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened August 30, 1996
Rebuilt November 24, 2007
Services
Preceding station   CATS   Following station
Lynx Blue Line
toward 7th Street
  Former services  
Before 2007
Charlotte Trolley
Before 2007
toward 9th Street
After 2007
After 2007
toward 9th Street

Bland Street is a light rail station for both the LYNX Blue Line in South End of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. The station is located one block south of Bland Street, with walkways (formally Rensselaer Avenue) connecting to nearby Camden Road and South Boulevard.[1]


History[edit]

The station first opened for service on April 30, 1996, for the historic Charlotte Trolley, with one track and one platform, located north adjacent to Bland Street. After nearly a decade of service, the station was closed on February 6, 2006, to be reconstructed for the LYNX Blue Line. During reconstruction, the new Bland Street station was position further south where Rensselaear Avenue formally crossed and the original side platform and structure was razed; a power box currently stands at its former location. The station officially reopened 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]

Public art[edit]

As part of the CATS Art in Transit program, Bland Street features several pieces intended to provide a better overall aesthetic for the station. The works include bas-reliefs entitled Hornbeam by Alice Adams, drinking fountain basins designed to look like dogwoods, the North Carolina state flower, by Nancy Blum, rose motifs on both the pavers and shelters by Leticia Huerta, river stone benches by Hoss Haley and track fencing featuring pin oak leaves by Shaun Cassidy.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bland Station". Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Harrison, Steve; Valle, Kristen (November 25, 2007). "Light rail, heavy traffic: Thousands wait in lines for a free ride on 1st day". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1A. 
  3. ^ "Bland Street Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on March 23, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008. 

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