Charlotte Light Rail ribbon-cutting Monday

I will be in Charlotte Monday, November 19 for the ribbon cutting of Charlotte’s new 9.6 mile Lynx Blue Line Light Rail system. Revenue servce begins November 26, 2007.

I am not sure what festivities Charlotte has planned, but Trelease’s “North Carolina Railroad 1849-1871, the Modernization of North Carolina” reports that when service from Charlotte on the state-funded North Carolina Railroad was extended to Salisbury on January 4, 1855, citizens of Salisbury celebrated with a barbecue and consumed “24 hogs, 16 sheep, 6 beeves, 10 opossums, and 1,400 pounds of bread”,  capped off with a balloon ascension.

 UPDATE: Here are some of the festivities planned for November 24, a free service day for the public. See a picture of light rail line with Charlotte skyline in back.

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