Gold Rush Red Line rides for last time on Friday

- On the campus of Johnson C. Smith University the Gold Rush Red Line, a shuttle system provided by the CATS bus system, is scheduled to run for its last time Friday. Some folks tell me this will make it a little inconvenient to get to and from the campus.

The Gold Rush Red Line connected center city with Johnson C. Smith University. The shuttle included stops along Beatties Ford Rd. 

While the shuttle was part of the charlotte area transit system, students and faculty often took advantage of this free ride.

“Well the trolley, you don't have to pay for it, for one. And it's easier access to uptown,” said a faculty member.

By using the trolley, riders not only were able to navigate West End, they were also able to avoid searching for parking downtown - as well as having to pay for it.

“Parking uptown area is hard. And you have to pay,” another faculty member said.

The Gold Rush is being shut down to make way for phase two of the Gold Line Street Car. Phase two is expected to be completed in 2020.

In the meantime, former Gold Rush riders can use CATS routes one and seven, for a fee: $2.20 each way. That can add up and doesn't compare to having the Gold Rush.

“Guys like myself who would rely on this. I don't have to pay as much,” said Dequan Colson.

Dequan would like the Gold Rush to stick around at least a little longer for the first day of classes.

“One more week! One more week!”

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