Major Step Forward For Light Rail In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC. —  Charlotte City Council approved a $50 million design study for the LYNX Silver line.

It’s still unclear where that money will come from, or how much of your tax dollars will fund it. The city won’t know the total price tag of the Silver line, until about two thirds of it is designed.

The train would run from Matthews to Belmont, with stops in Uptown, East and West Charlotte, and the airport.

“That’s what this council has talked about for the last two years. Jobs, housing and a way to get there,” says Mayor Vi Lyles.

The design study will take about two to three years. Council voted 8 to 2 to approve spending the money on the study.

Republican Tariq Bokhari voted no. He says the city needs to think about what the future of transportation might look like before spending $50 million.

“We need to think about them hard before making the single largest bet this city has ever seen on anything. Any investment,” says Bokhari.

Two weeks ago, voters rejected a proposed quarter-cent sales tax for arts, parks and schools. It’s unclear if that tax will be allocated to this project.