Charlotte Center City Streetcar Corridor
RS&H served on the team providing planning and engineering services for a new 10-mile streetcar system in Center City, Charlotte. In Phase I, we led the infrastructure design effort and supported the planning and public involvement portions of the project. We are currently assisting with the final civil design for the proposed streetcar corridor in Phase II of the project.
The Center City Streetcar was conceived using modern vehicle technology based on the European “Tram” that is a smaller, lighter-weight vehicle than those used for Light Rail Transit and is capable of operating in the street with mixed traffic. The streetcar will enhance mobility in the area by establishing an east-west transit spine that links all five rapid transit corridors in downtown Charlotte and provides easy movement between the existing transportation center and the proposed multimodal station. The new system will supplement transit service along the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus routes that have the highest ridership, thereby improving operating efficiency.