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LYNX Blue line extension cut short

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Justin Ruckman

Bottom line: $350400 million will get us a Blue Line extension past NoDa to Sugar Creek, on a shorter timeframe than waiting for the whole line to be built all the way to UNC Charlotte and 485.

This, to me, makes the future of light rail reaching UNC Charlotte extremely uncertain. At least in the next 1520 years.

The Charlotte Area Transit System said it will consider building only part of a planned Lynx Blue Line extension because it’s concerned it won’t have enough money to build all 11 miles to Interstate 485 in northeast Charlotte.

CATS said Monday night it could extend the light-rail line to its planned Sugar Creek station, and then wait until it has enough money to finish the project, which is projected to cost more than $1 billion.

Getting light rail to UNC Charlotte — considered critical to the project — could be pushed back until the next decade or beyond. (…)

The current light-rail line ends at 7th Street. The plan calls for new stations at 9th Street, Parkwood, 25th Street, 36th Street and Sugar Creek, and for the line to run in the median of North Tryon Street to UNCC, and then to I-485.

Rogers said he didn’t know how much an extension to Sugar Creek would cost. That segment would be four to five miles from uptown, and could cost between $350 and $400 million.”

Read more by Steve Harrison at the Observer.


  1. Marshall L. 29 May 2010 at 2:05 PM

    This is just another example of Charlotte failing to invest in its future. The short term cost will pale in comparison to the long term benefit. Public transportation to/from uptown for the well over 20,000 students at UNCC would be invaluable and would benefit businesses along the way. The university could also stop spending so much of its resources and real estate on parking if there were a viable alternative to commuting from NoDa and the surrounding areas. If we ever hope to be on par with other world-class cities, we need to practice better urbanism, starting with our public transit system. Perhaps we could forgo the flippant public art installations at every stop and just focus on establishing a functional and viable alternative to the automobile rather than being satisfied with a glorified amusement park ride.