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Old 09-25-2007, 04:12 PM
 
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Is it true they are making some sort of train/trolley that will take people from the first exit of 77 to uptown, someone told me this when I was there last week.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:36 PM
 
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Is it true they are making some sort of train/trolley that will take people from the first exit of 77 to uptown, someone told me this when I was there last week.
Charlotte Area Transit is about to open their South Line, which is light rail. The closest stop to Fort Mill will be at South Boulevard / 485. I'll try it, but I'm not sure if it will be worth it to battle traffic to get to the station. It may be easier just to take the Rock Hill Express bus, which is offered now. That runs from uptown to Rock Hill, with stops at Carowinds and Baxter Village in Fort Mill. I ride that everyday, and would recommend it.

I do remember reading something a while back about a dedicated bus lane that would run along Highway 21, from Rock Hill up to the light rail station. Not sure what the timeframe is on that or if it's something that will even come to fruition, but it would make the light rail option much more viable for those coming from Rock Hill / Fort Mill.

Here's a link on the upcoming light rail line:

South Description (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/CATS/Rapid+Transit+Planning/South+Corridor/South+Description.htm - broken link)
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:28 PM
 
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Ok so there are "park and ride" buses that take people into uptown?

How many stops do they make uptown and how long are the rides? Cost?
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:34 AM
 
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Ok so there are "park and ride" buses that take people into uptown?

How many stops do they make uptown and how long are the rides? Cost?
Yes it is park and ride (82X). It makes about 7 stops in uptown. I get on at Baxter and get off at one of the last stops in uptown and I'm on the bus for about 45 minutes. Obviously it will vary from around 35 to 50 minutes based on where you're getting on / off. I have a free pass through work, so I'm not real sure on the cost, but I believe it's $2.65 per trip. You can purchase 10 trip or monthly passes for less. Some employers will pay for all or part of the passes.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:20 AM
 
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Yes it is park and ride (82X). It makes about 7 stops in uptown. I get on at Baxter and get off at one of the last stops in uptown and I'm on the bus for about 45 minutes. Obviously it will vary from around 35 to 50 minutes based on where you're getting on / off. I have a free pass through work, so I'm not real sure on the cost, but I believe it's $2.65 per trip. You can purchase 10 trip or monthly passes for less. Some employers will pay for all or part of the passes.
Oh thats great, definetely beats sitting in your car.

Thanks for the information.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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I would definitely use it if I was going uptown (the express bus).

I will use the light rail to get to Checkers games and weekend events uptown. Beats driving around and paying for parking uptown (though w/Checkers games yu can get parking validated at Brixx and LaVeccbia's if you stop there beforehand).
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:46 PM
 
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The original plan was for the South Blvd light rail line to extend all the way to Rock Hill, with stops in Fort Mill. Of course, in order for that to happen, York County would have to step up and provide some funding. Extension of the line would be wonderful for the entire area. Unfortunately, there are some in Charlotte who are trying to stop light rail, even in Charlotte. They are trying to repeal the half cent transit tax there.
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Also, Pineville didnt want the light rail and it would have to go through there to get to Fort Mill/Rock Hill.
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