Charlotte's Light Rail Line Draws Closer to Finish Line

Charlotte's light rail system, 17 years in the making, is getting closer to the operational stage, though rising costs and shortages of skilled workers are threatening to push it over its $427-million budget. The South Corridor Light Rail Project is 10 miles long, going from uptown Charlotte to the I-485 highway. Also included are plans for 15 stations (including seven with park-and-ride lots) and four new bridges at major intersections. The vehicles are low-floor, with a capacity of 236 and will travel the route in about 23 minutes. Begun in 1990, the project started from scratch as Charlotte had not much of a transit focus at the time. Challenges include difficult federal funding hurdles, and rising construction costs, spurred by more expensive steel and cement and the migration of skilled workers to more lucrative jobs in hurricane-ravaged states to the south. The line has already spurred about $400 million in private sector development with residential projects near stations and subsidized housing to keep units affordable. The goal is to develop more compact land-use patterns.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: pp 56-59
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  • Accession Number: 01015022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 6:25PM