Charlotte Streetcar & Light Rail News
February 13, 2009 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #197346
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05:52 PM EST on Sunday, February 8, 2009
By MARK BOONE / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Mark: [email protected]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte city council Monday will hear suggestions on how to pay for a planned 10-mile streetcar line which now has an anticipated price tag topping $400 million.
The proposed train service, running from Beatties Ford Road near Interstate 85, through Uptown, and to a transit center at Eastland Mall, would use tracks installed on existing streets.
Proponents of the project argue the trains would spur economic development, connect three college campuses, and carry passengers along the three most heavily traveled bus routes in the city.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The streetcar has such a value,Ã¢â‚¬Â said councilman Nancy Carter, an long-time advocate for the transit project. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m willing to commit some local dollars, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m willing to say thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a priority in our system.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Local funding for transit has declined significantly in recent months.
The Charlotte-Area Transit System is reducing bus and light rail service as it copes with a drop in revenue from MecklenburgÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s half-cent sales tax for transit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is not the time to spend extra money on extra things,Ã¢â‚¬Â councilman Andy Dulin told NewsChannel 36. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The streetcar is not a top priority at all.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dulin said he likes the concept of a rail line that would connect Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson and Wales University, and Central Piedmont Community College, but he believes construction should be placed on hold until additional funds from federal and state agencies are available.
A consultant will present a report to city leaders Monday evening on the streetcarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s estimated cost and possible tax options which could pay for the project.October 3, 2012 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #197347
Streetcar plan again dominates budget talk
By Steve Harrison
Posted: Friday, Sep. 28, 2012
Three months after Charlotte budget talks broke down, the City Council resumed negotiations Thursday, picking up right where it left off – debating whether to include money for a streetcar line.
READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/28/3561495/new-budget-talks-still-stuck-on.htmlOctober 17, 2012 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #197348
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A Major Expansion for Charlotte Light Rail
by Brad Aaron
Encouraging news today from North Carolina. Mary Newsom at Network blog Naked City reports that local, state and federal officials signed an agreement yesterday for a 9.3-mile extension of Charlotte’s Lynx light rail system.
When completed in 2017, the Blue Line will connect the far-flung campus of UNC Charlotte, with its 30,000 people, and a population center of 750,000 in “the heart” of the Queen City.
READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2012/10/17/a-major-expansion-for-charlotte-light-rail/December 7, 2012 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm #197349
Charlotte’s light rail creates boom in apartments
By Kerry Singe
Posted: Friday, Dec. 07, 2012
Apartments are sprouting at a rapid clip along Charlotte’s Lynx Blue Line in South End, as developers look to cash in on a booming rental market and cater to young professionals who want to live near uptown.
While commercial development across the region is seeing slow growth at best, the South End neighborhood has seen a spurt of new activity this year with more than $200 million worth of new construction being announced. Apartments near the Lynx line are powering the growth.
In fact, of the more than 4,000 new apartment units announced in Charlotte this year, 60 percent are within a 15-minute walk of the light-rail line, according to CoStar, a real estate analytics firm.
READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/07/3711178/light-rail-attracting-apartment.htmlDecember 7, 2012 6:49 pm at 6:49 pm #197350
Imagine if we had a streetcar or light rail in the urban core of Columbus what the construction boom would look like. I think Columbus is keeping up pretty well with the demand minus better public transportation.February 10, 2013 2:18 am at 2:18 am #197351
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Why Is Charlotte’s Former Mayor Challenging Charlotte’s Transit Plans?
by Angie Schmitt
In 1998, the citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina, voted to raise their sales tax by a half cent in order to improve transit. They used that money to build the Lynx light-rail and to expand bus service, boosting ridership an impressive 100 percent.
Now Charlotte is moving forward with plans for a $119 million streetcar — and they’re planning to do it with local property tax money. But Governor Pat McCrory and some other Republican political officials have different ideas. They’re holding Charlotte’s light rail extension plans hostage, as one local elected put it, threatening to pull $299 million in state funding for the blue line expansion if the streetcar goes forward.
READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2013/02/06/why-charlottes-former-mayor-challenging-charlottes-transit-plans/May 25, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm #197352
Charlotte streetcar gains impress committee
May 16, 2013, 9:15pm EDT UPDATED: May 17, 2013, 6:09am EDT
Senior Staff Writer-Charlotte Business Journal
Building the newly re-named CityLynx Gold Line — the streetcar to you and me — would generate significant gains in housing, retail and office development and hotels, according to a new city-commissioned study.
READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/queen_city_agenda/2013/05/charlotte-streetcar-gains-impress.htmlMay 31, 2013 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm #197353
In a switch, City Council OKs streetcar
By Steve Harrison
Posted: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013
After a year of bickering, the City Council voted 7-4 Tuesday night to set aside $63 million for a streetcar extension through uptown Charlotte – a decision celebrated by dozens of residents who pleaded for the transit project to move forward.
The vote does not guarantee that the 2.5 miles of streetcar line will be built, because the city must secure a federal grant to move forward.
READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/28/4068092/council-could-vote-on-trolley.htmlOctober 11, 2013 8:31 pm at 8:31 pm #197354
Light rail brings apartment boom to South End
By Greg Lacour – Correspondent
Posted: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
From the front door of South End Trading Co., one of three furniture shops he owns in the neighborhood, Rodney Hines can look across New Bern Avenue and see the homes of hundreds of new neighbors – and customers.
Some of them live at Fountains South End, which towers four stories above the intersection of New Bern and South Boulevard, stretching a block west to Hines’ business at Griffith Street. Not that Hines minds. He moved another of his shops to South End five years ago, when he saw the growth on the way.
November 14, 2013 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm #197355
Charlotte to try again for federal streetcar money
By Steve Harrison
Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
After failing to land a federal grant in September to build a streetcar extension, the city of Charlotte said Wednesday it will try again. The city’s new plan is to apply for a “Small Starts” grant with the Federal Transit Administration, to be included in President Obama’s 2016 fiscal year budget, according to a memo.
January 14, 2014 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #197356
Light-rail construction for Blue Line extension to begin in March
By Steve Harrison
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.
READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/01/13/4609088/light-rail-construction-for-extension.html#.UtU93qU9ndFJanuary 31, 2014 2:40 am at 2:40 am #197357
Rail News: Passenger Rail
Charlotte officials OK $12 million in engineering work for Gold Line extension
The Charlotte City Council has approved the authorization of $12 million to help advance the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) second phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project, CATS officials announced yesterday.
September 4, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am #1038701
Dirt moving for light rail to UNCC – raising high hopes for development
By Eric Frazier
Posted: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Construction’s ramping up on the new light rail line to UNC Charlotte, raising hopes for new development to revive aging north Charlotte neighborhoods and plant a walkable town center in the heart of the University area.
READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/30/5139697/dirt-moving-for-light-rail-to.html#.VAiIeEvjPwKJuly 15, 2015 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm #1085167
City envisions network of streetcar lines
July 09, 2015
BY STEVE HARRISON
The streetcar is the second new commuter rail project for the city in recent years, following the light-rail line’s opening in 2007. But the streetcar has met even more opposition than the Lynx Blue Line and has stayed controversial since the City Council first debated paying for the Gold Line in 2009.
READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article27042505.html
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