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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:03 AM   #61
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Construction resumes on first segment of Charlotte's streetcar line

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The city of Charlotte broke ground to resume construction on the first 1.5 mile segment of its first streetcar line in nearly 75 years.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Mayor Anthony Foxx and other local officials to break ground on the Charlotte Streetcar Starter Project, the first phase of a planned 10-mile streetcar line Wednesday morning.

"The streetcar project moves Charlotte a step closer to building a truly connected transit system that will enable commuters, students and visitors to travel seamlessly in and out of downtown," said Secretary LaHood. "The Obama Administration will continue to invest in sustainable transportation choices that keep cities like Charlotte vibrant and growing."

The initial 1.5-mile section of the Charlotte Streetcar line will include six stops along an east-west transit corridor that will make it easy for passengers to catch either a local transit bus or board the LYNX light rail service heading north and south from the Charlotte Transportation Center, where all these services intersect. Today's groundbreaking was held at Presbyterian Hospital, one of the stops on the route.

The project is funded with $25 million from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Urban Circulator Grant Program. The total project cost is $37 million, with the City of Charlotte contributing $12 million.


Charlotte has benefited significantly from federal investments in local transit.

Since 2007, the U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $797 million for the LYNX Blue Line light rail construction.

This investment includes $580 million announced in October 2012 to effectively double the length of the Blue Line from uptown Charlotte to the city's UNC Charlotte campus and an $18 million grant through the department's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program announced in December 2011 to expand capacity on the existing Blue Line to accommodate more riders during peak hours and special events.

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Old January 26th, 2013, 07:30 AM   #62
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just a small 1.5-mile portion of the crosstown streetcar line is now under construction

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Old June 13th, 2013, 08:12 AM   #63
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Bad news for transit in Charlotte(and rest of North Carolina)

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/06/12...cking-transit/
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Demolition of buildings for land acquisition has begun on the Blue Line Extension in Charlotte!

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Old July 18th, 2013, 06:54 PM   #65
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Groundbreaking today for rail extension

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Posted: Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013

At 10 this morning, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff is scheduled to join Gov. Pat McCrory, Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and other local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line light rail extension to UNC Charlotte.

The extension will double the length of the existing light rail system, create new development opportunities along the line and significantly expand transit options for thousands of residents and students, transit officials said.

The groundbreaking will be across the street from 9th Street Station, 228 E. 9th St.

Also expected to attend are UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois, Mecklenburg County commissioners Chair Pat Cotham and Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Carolyn Flowers.

The 9.2-mile Lynx extension will connect uptown to NoDa, then run along North Tryon Street before it terminates at UNC Charlotte. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

The FTA will spend $580 million for the extension, the Observer has reported. The N.C. Department of Transportation will spend $299 million, or 26 percent, of construction costs.

CATS - using revenue from a half-cent sales tax for transit - will spend $281 million, or 24 percent.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 02:26 AM   #67
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About the proposed West Corridor (which may not open until at least the early 2030s): Charlotte will have a streetcar/tram as an airport rail link? Never heard of that.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #68
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About the proposed West Corridor (which may not open until at least the early 2030s): Charlotte will have a streetcar/tram as an airport rail link? Never heard of that.
The 2030 plan seems to be more or less scrapped. I've heard an updated plan is in the works that hopefully includes an LRT airport connection.
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Old November 27th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #69
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Bad news for transit in Charlotte(and rest of North Carolina)

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/06/12...cking-transit/
They elected him Mayor and Governor. You reap what you sow unfortunately.
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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).
Capital MetroRail is not light rail in any way. Is only runs every 30 min, uses existing fright railway tracks, is over 30 miles long from downtown to the edge of suburbia, has ridership levels and amenities of a commuter railway, and uses diesel European mainline stock. Although the last point is less relevant as the classification of service is based on the type of service more than the stock used to provide the service. There are commuter rail systems in the world whose rolling stock is metro-style trains, metro systems whose stock is light rail trains, etc.
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thanks for posting...any of the new LRT and streetcar lines u/c?
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thanks for posting...any of the new LRT and streetcar lines u/c?
They are currently laying rail for the streetcar line through uptown.

As for the light rail, they are currently doing utility relocation for the 9 mile extension of our u/c line up to University of Charlotte through NoDa.
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I forget to update a while ago, but apparently the Governor of NC decided to fund transit and other forms of transit.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 06:56 PM   #74
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Light-rail construction for Blue Line extension to begin in March

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Posted: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Design work for the $1.6 billion Blue Line extension is more than 95 percent finished, and the city has closed on 261 of the 312 pieces of land it must buy for the light-rail line to University City.

Up next: the start of major construction, which is penciled in for March.

Work has recently started on moving underground utilities, building retaining walls and doing grading and drainage work for the line, according to a presentation to the Charlotte City Council on Monday.

When finished, the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Blue Line Extension will run from uptown to the UNC Charlotte campus, covering 9.3 miles.

Combined with the south line, it will give commuters nearly 19 connected miles of light-rail service from Pineville to the University area.

The current schedule calls for the line to be test-started in December 2016. It would open to the public in spring 2017.

The city warned about possible traffic problems, especially along North Tryon Street, where the rail line will be built in the median of the thoroughfare.

Charlotte has so far spent $69.7 million acquiring real estate out of a budget of $121.4 million. The rest of the land it needs is expected to bought by the end of the month.

The extension will require CATS to buy 22 new light-rail vehicles costing $96.2 million. Four of those vehicles will be delivered to CATS by Siemens in November. That will allow CATS to have more three-car trains on the existing Blue Line.

The city hasn’t yet selected contractors for the majority of construction work, which is budgeted for $558 million. The city has already spent nearly $80 million – from a budget of $187 million – for professional services, such as design work and planning.

A single contractor, Archer-Western, built the entire existing light-rail line. For the extension, CATS plans to divvy up the contracts.

CATS plans to award a civil construction contract for segment A, which will run from uptown to Old Concord Road. The transit system will have a separate contract for segments B and C, which will run from Old Concord Road to UNC Charlotte. Those contracts will be awarded this year.

John Muth, chief development officer for CATS, said the project has a number of engineering challenges that weren’t present for the current line. Among them: burying 36th Street in NoDa and elevating the rail tracks, which will make the intersection safer.

The cost of the extension also has risen, from an estimated $700 million in 2007 to $1.1 billion today. Because of a lack of money, the rail line has also shrunk in length. It was originally going to stop at Interstate 485 in northeast Charlotte but will now end at UNC Charlotte.

In their presentation Monday, city officials said they plan to keep an aggressive construction schedule. They said there would be incentive payments for the early completion of key tasks and that the city would seek damages if the project falls behind.

Average daily ridership for the light-rail line has been between 14,000 and 15,000 passenger trips. That was more than projected for the early years, though ridership has been stable for the last five years.

The light-rail line has contributed to new development, particularly in the South End. The city estimates that 773 new residential units have been built along the line and 1,887 units are under construction.

Council members also heard an update on the city’s efforts to extend the streetcar to Johnson C. Smith University in the west and to the Elizabeth neighborhood to the east.

City Manager Ron Carlee’s plan is to apply for a federal Small Starts grant in September. To move forward with the grant application, the city has proposed spending $12 million on engineering work for the line. Council members will vote on that expense at their Jan. 27 meeting.

The total cost of the streetcar extension is $126 million. The city has set aside $63 million from reserve funds and is seeking $63 million in federal grants.

Some council members were concerned about spending more money without a guarantee the project will be funded. “Maybe we should know in advance what we would do if we (don’t get the federal money),” said Republican Ed Driggs.

When seeking federal funding, Carlee said it’s common to have to spend some money up front.

“This isn’t different from the Blue Line,” Carlee said. “If you want to get federal funds you have to get your skin in the game to compete.”

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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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Charlotte City Council has approved $249.8m for the construction of Charlotte Area Transit System's LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) and Blue Line Capacity project.

http://www.railway-technology.com/ne...ension-4218071
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From Railway Gazette:

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Charlotte track contract
28 May 2014

USA: The City of Charlotte has selected Balfour Beatty Infrastructure to undertake track and systems work for the Charlotte Area Transit System LYNX Blue Line extension and the Blue Line Capacity Expansion Project.

The $131m contract covers construction of ballasted track, overhead catenary and 11 traction substations, as well as installation of communications and train control. The 15 km extension will link Center City with the University of North Carolina campus via North Davidson, adding 11 stops and almost doubling the length of the Blue Line when it opens in 2017. Balfour Beatty will also lengthen station platforms and add power supply stations on the first phase of the line as part of the capacity expansion project.

The work will be executed together with the team undertaking civil works on Segment A of the Blue Line, for which Balfour Beatty was awarded a $105·7m contract earlier in the year
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CityLynx Gold Line streetcar set to open July 14 in uptown Charlotte
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Charlotte’s first electric streetcar line in 77 years is set to open July 14 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The city’s electric streetcar service stopped running in 1938, but a federal grant for $25 million has helped revive what will be known as the CityLynx Gold Line, said Hillary Ryan, CATS spokeswoman.

The total cost of the project was $37 million.

The 1.5-mile line will run from the Charlotte Transportation Center to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and includes six stops

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The CityLYNX Gold Line item passed city council Monday. It is a $7.7 million streetcar idea that replaces the already existing trolley vehicles. Some council members had concerns with handing out more money because Charlotte still hasn't seen the promised matching federal government funds.

But Mayor Clodfelter pointed out, if the city halts this project, which the Obama administration is already included in the president's FY2016 recommended budget, the city could have trouble with securing funding for future projects

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