Modern hybrid streetcar rolls in to Charlotte

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A modern, hybrid streetcar that will begin operating from the Spectrum Center in Uptown, was delivered on Wednesday.

The first of six modern streetcars ordered by the city of Charlotte arrived on Tuesday, part of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project.

The Siemens S70 streetcar will replace the Gomaco replica vehicles and can operate off-wire. The new streetcars do not need an overhead cantinary system and will go for a 1/2 mile stretch from Spectrum Center to Mint Street in Uptown.


New features include level boarding, bicycle racks, 52 seats, 117 standing passengers and seat covers created by artist Amy Cheng, who designed art-glass at both Hawthorne Lane stops.

The new vehicles resemble a smaller version of CATS Blue Line light rail vehicles.

The remaining five cars are in various stages of completion but all cars are expected te be deilvered and operable by Spring 2020.