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Charlotte to Extend Light Rail System

Posted: Oct. 18th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Light Rail
Charlotte Area Transit System

A lot can be done to spruce up the transit system in Charlotte with $580 million, and one of the most significant upgrades coming its way is an extension of the city's light rail trains. By with more funding and routes, getting around Charlotte should become a breeze with the new additions.

Hours before President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney face each other in a debate, the Obama administration sent a $580 million check to the swing state of North Carolina. Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, hailed the commitment to pay half the cost of the 9.3-mile light-rail extension during an appearance Tuesday in uptown Charlotte, calling the project a symbol of what the administration believes can re-energize the economy.

No matter the political implications, transit executives and several local elected leaders hailed the funding and imminent construction of the $1.2 billion line as a milestone in the city’s transportation network.

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