LYNX Gold Line receives approval for expansion

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Charlotte's streetcar system is about to get even larger. The mayor announced Wednesday morning that the city received federal approval to add another two and a half miles to the LYNX Gold Line and extend it to Johnson C. Smith University and Sunnyside Avenue.

The city has also applied for a $63 million federal grant, and would get the first $12 million of that in September.

"Rather than have 100 percent of the cost be born by the taxpayers, that's a great thing," said Mayor Patrick Cannon.

The grant money would help complete the proposed street car project. Right now, construction is underway for the first part of the project from uptown to Elizabeth.

Read past coverage:

Sept. 10: CATS speaks to businesses about Blue Line extension bidding

June 26: 11 properties to be completely cleared for Lynx

June 10: City Council to vote on budget, long-term construction plans

May 29: Vote on Lynx Gold Line passes city council

May 27: City Council expected to vote on whether to move ahead with streetcar