Charlotte vote could kill commuter rail project

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A proposed addition to Charlotte’s commuter rail system faces a vote this week that could kill the project, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The proposed Lynx Red Line, a 25-mile, 10-station route from central Charlotte to Mount Mourne, N.C., which was originally projected for a partial opening in 2012, envisoned using existing Norfolk Southern Railway lines. But NS has declined to lease its track for the service, leading the Charlotte Area Transit System to look for an alternate route.

Now, John Anarella, mayor of Huntersville, N.C., and one of nine members of the overseeing Metropolitan Transit Commission, says he has the votes to stop work on the project at a Wednesday commission. Anarella supports the project in its original form but believes it is a mistake for CATS to spend time and money on the search for a new location, the Observer reports. He believes the organization should work on improving express-bus service.

The vote will come little more than a week after Lynx opened a 9.3-mile extension of its Blue Line, which now covers 18.9 miles with 26 stations.

The full Observer report is available here.

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