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Charlotte’s Streetcar Project: Where Is The Starter Line?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – On December 12, 2012, the Queen City broke ground on a one and a half mile starter line — the “official” start to Charlotte’s Streetcar Project.

Mayor Anthony Foxx and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood attended the groundbreaking ceremony, two months ago.

We recently checked back in to see how the Streetcar Project was progressing, and to our surprise, construction has not yet begun. That’s right, even after “breaking ground” using gold-plated shovels, the starter line, which will extend from Central Piedmont Community College to the Charlotte Transit Center, is simply not under construction yet.

The starter line is already funded through a $25 million federal streetcar grant — a grant that Charlotte was awarded nearly three years ago. So what’s the hold up and when will the Streetcar Project actually break ground?

Unfortunately, no one seems to know why there has been a delay to the start of the project, or when the actual construction of the starter line will begin. But, city staff members (who seem to be just as confused as the rest of us,) have promised to release a statement later today about when construction of the Streetcar Project will resume.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte
-This story is still developing. Stay with CBS Charlotte for updates as they become available.

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