This topic is a continuation of the previous "Which Line Should Charlotte Build Next" topic which can be viewed here, and here. The reader may wish to review these topics for a history over the past few years.
Basic Details of the 2030 Plan
- The plan in funded in part by a dedicated 1/2 sales tax imposed on retail purchases in Mecklenburg county. This is a unique tax in NC and was passed by voter referendum in 1998. In 2007 a voter initiated referendum was placed on the ballot to repeal the tax. The effort was defeated in a very contentious election.
- The tax is administered by the Metropolitan Transit Council. Voting membership is comprised of the 7 mayors of Mecklenburg, a member from the Mecklenburg county council, and a member of the NCDOT. There are a number of non-voting members on the council, but as of this date none have decided to become full members by agreeing to fund the system. The most notable of which was Iredell county which has decided not to participate in the plan.
- CATS is a department of the city of Charlotte and does not directly report to the MTC. Instead decisions affecting it have to be approved by the Charlotte city council. Hence budgetary decisions made by the MTC also have to be approved by the council. Technically the city council has the power to override decisions made by the MTC, but at this date, this has not happened.
- About 60-65% of the transit tax is used to operate Charlotte's rather extensive bus system.
- CATS website is http://www.ridetransit.org.
Below is a proposed map that was originally produced for the 2025 Plan which proceeded the 2030 plan.
Notes about this map:
- At the time of this post, the only part under construction is the SW portion of the Blue Line. This line is scheduled to open at the end of November 2007.
- There are no funding decisions that would make money available to build the remainder of the system. Generally the plan is for the transit tax to cover 25%, the NCDOT to cover 25% and the federal goverment to cover 50% of the capital costs of future construction. One exception is the Purple line. CATS will not pursue federal funding for this line as it is not believed to qualify for it due to low ridership.
- Because Iredell county has decided not to fund its share of the Purple Line (also known as the North Line), its almost certain the two stations in Mooresville won't be built and unclear on the status of the station at Mount Mourne. CATS has said it will preserve this corridor should the need change.
- Likewise, on the Blue Line NE, and the Silver Line the final stations have been eliminated due to the cost of building bridges and/or tunnels to cross I-485.
- The Purple line is scheduled to open in the 2010-2012 time frame.
- The Blue Line NE will be light rail technology. Current schedules have this line opening in 2012
- Decisions concerning the Silver Line have been put off until 2011-2012, when at that time, the decision will be made to make this line light rail or bus rapid transit. The decision was put off for a future MTC and council to make as there was a significant resistance to the current plan for BRT.
- The Orange (West) Line and the Streetcar Line are not likely to be considered until sometime after 2018 and are subject to significant change
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