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Old August 31st, 2011, 06:30 AM   #41
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CATS is already making a direct connection to the Charlotte Amtrak station. In fact once the Gateway station is built (expected to be completed in 2014), Amtrak, Greyhound, and others will relocate there. The Center City Corridor will eventually link it with the rest of the system.

However as of now currently the Blue Line extention to UNC CHarlotte has the highest priority.
Makes sense, the demographic thats highly likely to take public transit are the college students. Since they would be too poor to afford a car.

Airport link could boost the ridership, if the project is possible.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 07:34 AM   #42
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Wow. I'm pleasantly surprised. Charlotte is really stepping it up. Smart growth and public transportation is a sure key to continue Charlotte's success.
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Old September 1st, 2011, 02:22 AM   #43
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Hello!
Very beautiful system. Trams, stations and landscapes.
I hope soon see it expand!
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 09:53 PM   #44
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Repaving some streetscape with good old ballast, I love it
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 11:41 PM   #45
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Repaving some streetscape with good old ballast, I love it
Actually, that part of the line was never a street. It was an old railroad ROW that was modernized for the LRT line.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 05:36 AM   #47
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Charlotte Light Rail Station by Doug Letterman, on Flickr

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Charlotte Lynx Light Rail (11/23/11) by Jonathan_Hawkins, on Flickr

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 04:34 AM   #48
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Map of the Red Line Regional Rail


Map of the proposed Streetcar line


Map of the proposed Lynx Silver Line BRT.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 09:53 PM   #49
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Posted on December 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM
Updated today at 1:59 PM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The Red Line Regional Rail Project Task Force unveiled their plan for a rail system that would run from Charlotte to Mooresville Tuesday.

The $452 million dollar project is still not a done deal. Communities where the line would run through must still give the green light before construction can begin.

The Red Line would run from the Charlotte Gateway Station in uptown to Mount Mourne in Mooresville, and it would make stops in Huntersville and Cornelius.

Half of the funding would be provided by the state and CATS. The other half would have to be funded through what's called "value capturing." Basically, "income producing" businesses like restaurants and shops within a specific area surrounding the proposed rail system would have to agree to fund special assessments.

"[The rail line] stimulates unique and extraordinary investment," explained North Carolina Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Transit Paul Morris.

"It's the catalyst for activity that would likewise not happen here. And because of that, the developers and businesses who benefit from it want to participate in seeing it come."

Davidson Mayor John Woods, who is also the chair of the Red Line Task Force says homeowners will not see property tax increases because of the rail line.

"This project does not lead to an increase to your or my property taxes. It comes from the incremental, additional development that occurs in a specific area along the rail corridor that will occur because of the development of the rail line itself," he said.

The plan will have to be vetted and approved by all the communities in which the rail passes through. If it is, and funding is secured and approved, construction would begin by 2014. Service is expected to begin by 2017.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 11:34 PM   #50
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hmm I like charlotte's rolling stock.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #51
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hmm I like charlotte's rolling stock.
Yes, they are nice looking. Siemens Avanto/s70; they are pretty common in the USA now, you can see them in Charlotte, San Diego, Houston, New Port, Portland, and some other cities - but Charlotte has nice livery.

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Old December 15th, 2011, 02:13 AM   #52
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System is beautiful, modern.

Hello,
Beautiful city. I liked the buildings in Downtown.
Congratulations to the city for its LRT system is beautiful, modern and along the path around the rejuvenated with new apartment buildings and offices.

There LRT or streetcar projects to connect the airport to downtown and extend the blue line to UNCC?

Once again, congratulations.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 08:05 AM   #53
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Even though the proposed LYNX Silver Line is supposed to be a BRT line, light rail is a possibility. The MTC is still having a difficult time deciding whether a BRT or light rail line will unfold in the corridor.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 08:52 AM   #54
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Is this going to be an actual commuter rail or going to be like the Red Line in Austin Texas (light rail identifying itself as a commuter rail).
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Old February 13th, 2012, 09:43 PM   #55
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Is this going to be an actual commuter rail or going to be like the Red Line in Austin Texas (light rail identifying itself as a commuter rail).
I think the latter although I won't know for sure, since the line is still in planning stages and no rolling stock designs have been revealed.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 04:24 AM   #56
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Feds back $70 million for Charlotte light-rail line extension
Top transit official expects Charlotte to get approval for entire 9.4-mile line extension.


The Obama administration gave a strong endorsement for Charlotte's $1 billion light-rail extension Tuesday, by budgeting $70 million for construction and engineering for the upcoming year and predicting that it will give the project its full approval in the fall.

"We don't expect anything to derail it," said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff Tuesday. "We are very supportive of this project. We don't see any show-stoppers."

Rogoff said he expects the final paperwork - known as a Full Funding Grant Agreement - to be signed later this year. That would commit the federal government to roughly $530 million in construction money, about half of the line's $1.07 billion cost.

The extension would link uptown with UNC Charlotte, which has long been a dream of campus and city officials.

The FTA and CATS were confident Tuesday, though there will probably be a difficult fight ahead between the White House and Congressional Republicans over the scope of spending cuts for the fiscal 2013 budget.

But it appears that the Lynx Blue Line extension is a favorite of the FTA, perhaps in part due to North Carolina's status as a swing state in the November election.

During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, the Blue Line extension was the first project Rogoff mentioned, and he praised its possibilities for economic development.

"It was a very good day for us," said CATS chief executive Carolyn Flowers.

Flowers said she was pleased the FTA considers the line essentially ready for formal approval.

Rogoff said Tuesday that the FTA's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year has $70 million for the extension, which could be seen as a down payment on the larger grant.

"It's a very positive indicator," Flowers said. "We always have to look at funding. But we don't see anything that would derail the project."

The original plan for the Blue Line Extension was to end the line at a large park-and-ride lot at Interstate 485 in northeast Charlotte.

But a lack of money forced CATS to scale back the project by 1.2 miles. The new ending will be on the UNC Charlotte campus.

Along the way, the line will have new 11 stations, including stops in NoDa, Sugar Creek and along North Tryon Street.

Flowers said construction could start in 2013. The line could open in 2017.

CATS and the N.C. Department of Transportation are expected to each pay 25 percent of construction costs.

Once the Lynx extension opens, one of CATS' main tasks will be finding enough money to keep its regular bus service, along with its new 20-mile train.

A consultant has told the transit system that it probably won't have much money to expand bus service, and CATS may be in a period of waiting for the half-cent sales tax to grow before it embarks on any significant projects.

That may make it extremely difficult to build rapid transit on Independence Boulevard - either a busway or a train - as well as a planned streetcar to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The city of Charlotte, however, is moving forward on a streetcar through uptown, and last year received a $25 million federal grant to help pay for the first 1.5-mile segment. CATS is trying to build a commuter rail line to Lake Norman, but that project will probably need additional revenue, possibly from special taxing districts near train stations.

The original light-rail line, which opened in 2007, is carrying between 15,000 and 15,500 passenger trips a day.

CATS projects that line to carry 18,300 passengers by 2025. The Lynx extension is projected to open with 19,000 passengers. By 2030, ridership is expected to grow to 25,000 daily trips.

The $70 million grant, along with the approval of the Full Funding Grant Agreement, is contingent on the approval of a 2013 budget. Congressional Republicans are likely to push President Barack Obama for more spending cuts.

North Carolina leaders are concerned that a controversial House proposal led by Republicans could jeopardize progress on the Charlotte light rail.

But some members saw the administration's announcement as a positive sign.

"I am pleased the Administration is recommending the Charlotte light rail project for funding," said U.S. Rep. David Price, a Chapel Hill Democrat. "The President is right to make infrastructure investments a priority in his budget because they create jobs immediately and strengthen our economy in the long run."


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Old February 21st, 2012, 07:38 AM   #57
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I really don't understand why Mooresville and Iredell County want nothing to do with the Red Line. Although I love the excuse they give "We don't want to become a bedroom community to Charlotte". NEWSFLASH! You have been a bedroom community to Charlotte for the past 15 years.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:02 AM   #58
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Probably feel they are too rich for public transit, ad think everyone should take cars.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #59
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The Federal DOT and NCDOT announced that they will be funding 50% of the Blue Line Extension. This grant was necessary in order for the future construction of the 9.2 mile line to UNC-Charlotte.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...l-funding.html
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Charlotte Streetcar another step forward in modern transit

This morning, I wrote that, for transportation, there is no time like the present to invest in the future. One city that understands that quite clearly is Charlotte, NC. And today I was delighted to be back in the Queen's City to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Charlotte Streetcar Starter Line.

This streetcar is the first phase of a planned 10-mile line that will expand transit options, spur economic development and improve access to jobs, education and medical facilities in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.



The initial 1.5-mile section of the streetcar line will feature six stops--including a hospital--along a transit corridor that will make it easy for passengers to catch a local transit bus or LYNX light rail. It will also propel Charlotte yet another step forward in its vision of an inter-connected, modern transit system that gets people into, around, and out of the city without needing a car.

Increasing transportation options for residents, students, and commuters means less reliance on oil; it means spending less money; and it means less time stuck in traffic. It also means more jobs and additional investments in business, housing, and retail.



And in Charlotte, with its thriving LYNX light rail network, you don't have to look too far to see the proof.
In addition to being a very popular way to get around, LYNX is also making Charlotte more economically competitive. This year alone, more than $200 million worth of new construction has been invested in the South End neighborhood near LYNX.



The starter streetcar line we broke ground on today will also add to Charlotte's livability. It's helping us deliver more of what people are demanding--more efficient and affordable transportation choices, more housing near public transportation, and reliable ways to get people where they need to go.

Across America, President Obama has invested in sustainable transportation choices like this to help communities like Charlotte grow. And across America we've been putting people back to work as we build a modern transportation network that continues to be the envy of the world.
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