Charlotte Bags Federal Streetcar Funds

Charlotte recently won a $25 million federal grant to begin construction on a streetcar system. The Charlotte Observer goes over some of the system's basics.

"The total cost of the first segment is estimated at $37 million, and the city will pay $12 million. The federal government requires that construction begin within 18 months, and the city said the streetcars could be operating by 2014.

The long-term plan is to build a 10-mile streetcar line from Beatties Ford Road to the site of the closed Eastland Mall, through uptown."

The federal funds will mainly go towards construction of the system's first phase, a 1.5 mile segment.

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