Strong ridership a good sign for future of Charlotte's streetcar? — Charlotte Business Journal

By Jen Wilson

Perpetual political controversy and a minor crash in its first days of operating apparently did little damage to the city’s newly opened streetcar, judging by ridership figures released Tuesday by the Charlotte Area Transit System.

Some 1,500 daily riders, on average, climbed aboard the CityLynx Gold Line on weekdays during the last half of July — a figure that is 67% higher than CATS’ projections. And early estimates for August show similar ridership, the transit authority says.

“Exceeding initial ridership projections demonstrates the public’s continued embracement of rail transit and their support for more transportation choices,” said John Muth, interim CEO of CATS.

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