Woodlawn station (Charlotte)

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Woodlawn
LYNX light rail station
Location4756 Old Pineville Road
Charlotte, NC 28219
Coordinates35°10′33″N 80°52′45″W / 35.17583°N 80.87917°W / 35.17583; -80.87917
Owned byCharlotte Area Transit System
Line(s)
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Bus stands3
ConnectionsBus transport CATS: 24 [1]
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking382 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesBicycle racks and lockers
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedNovember 24, 2007
Services
Preceding station   CATS   Following station
Lynx Blue Line

Woodlawn station is a LYNX Rapid Transit Services (LYNX) light rail station in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, operated by the Charlotte Area Transit System. Opened on November 24, 2007, the station has side platforms, which sit on either side of the tracks and 386 commuter parking spaces. It is located just off Woodlawn Road, along Old Pineville Road, and serves an area of mostly commercial and industrial businesses.

History[edit]

The station was part of the overall planning and construction of the LYNX Blue Line; starting in 1999, it was approved in February 2000 and construction began on February 26, 2005.[2][3][4] From May 10 through May 30, 2006, the Woodlawn Viaduct was constructed; located north of the station, it spans a distance of 0.25 miles (400 m), crossing 40 feet (12 m) above Woodlawn Road.[5][6]

The station officially opened for service on Saturday, November 24, 2007, and as part of its opening celebration fares were not collected.[7] Regular service with fare collection commenced on Monday, November 26, 2007.[7] By 2017, the side platforms were lengthen to allow three-car trains at the station.[8]

Public art[edit]

As part of the CATS Art in Transit program, Woodlawn 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; leaf motifs on both the pavers and shelters by Leticia Huerta; the painting of the bridge and retaining walls by Marek Ranis; and track fencing featuring white oak leaves by Shaun Cassidy.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woodlawn Station". Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Whitacre, Dianne (January 25, 1999). "Meeting to help decide when, where trains will be comin' down track". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1C.
  3. ^ Whitacre, Dianne (April 27, 2000). "$8.2 million will get the ball rolling on light rail". The Charlotte Observer. p. 2B.
  4. ^ Whitacre, Dianne (February 27, 2005). "Celebration marks start of work on light rail line". The Charlotte Observer. p. 2B.
  5. ^ Lyttle, Steve (November 8, 2006). "CATS officials offer look at light-rail bridge". The Charlotte Observer. pp. 3M.
  6. ^ Whitacre, Dianne (January 3, 2006). "Light-rail reaches key stage, installation of bridge girders to start this week". The Charlotte Observer. pp. 1B.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Harrison, Steve (March 17, 2017). "CATS hoped to ease crowds on light rail trains. Those plans will wait eight years". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Woodlawn Station: Art in Transit". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on February 21, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.

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