Charlotte Light Rail May See Six Year Delay

In an effort to give themselves more time to pay for it, transit officials in Charlotte may delay an 11-mile light rail extension for six years.
September 16, 2009, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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The Charlotte Area Transit System had been relying on sales tax revenues to fund the project, but receipts were lower than officials had anticipated, prompting them to consider a project delay of up to six years.

"CATS had projected the half-cent transit sales tax would generate $76 million in fiscal year 2009. Instead, it only produced $62 million.

'If the sales tax recovers, we can revise this,' said CATS interim chief executive John Muth. 'I'm not saying the schedule is 2019. But we've had to revise it a little bit.'

If sales tax revenue recovers, the line could open in 2016."

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Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in The Charlotte Observer
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