US Federal Transit Administration invests $580m for Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line Extension project

FTA has provided 50% funding for the LYNX BLE project; 25% of the cost will be funded by the North Carolina Department of Transport (NCDOT) and the remaining cost is being covered by state and local funding. The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided $580m to Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) for the $1.16bn light rail LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.

The 9.3-mile line extension is set to run from downtown Charlotte to the city’s University of North Carolina (UNC) campus and will include 11 light rail stations and four parking facilities with 3,100 parking spaces. Construction of the BLE is scheduled to start in 2013 and, after its scheduled completion in 2017, the light rail service will operate across three miles of the North Carolina Railroad’s (NCRR) corridor.

The line will run from 7th Street in Uptown Charlotte connecting with UNC Charlotte along North Tryon Street and the existing ten-mile Lynx line from Pineville to the city centre.

The extension will add service along an 18.6-mile corridor in Northeast Charlotte and help reduce congestion on Interstate 85 and US 29, where commercial and residential growth is expected to continue.


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