Streetcar http://wfae.org en City Spends $12 Million In Hunt For Streetcar Grant http://wfae.org/post/city-spends-12-million-hunt-streetcar-grant <p>The quest for a cross-town streetcar continues. The Charlotte city council approved spending $12 million last night to pursue a federal grant to fund build-out of the streetcar.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:56:18 +0000 Ben Bradford 43912 at http://wfae.org City Spends $12 Million In Hunt For Streetcar Grant Cannon And Peacock Challenge Each Other Over Streetcar http://wfae.org/post/cannon-and-peacock-challenge-each-other-over-streetcar <p>Charlotte’s two candidates for mayor met for a debate Thursday at local PBS station WTVI. The city’s Capital Improvement Plan and the building of a streetcar were the most contentious topics, as they have been throughout the campaign.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:37:53 +0000 Ben Bradford 38375 at http://wfae.org Cannon And Peacock Challenge Each Other Over Streetcar Charlotte Loses Out To Kansas City Streetcar In Federal Grant Competition http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-loses-out-kansas-city-streetcar-federal-grant-competition <p>Charlotte's streetcar project is not dead, but its future is in limbo after the city's initial federal funding application was denied.&nbsp; Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Carolyn Flowers says there are other grants the streetcar may qualify for, but snagging them could require more investment from the city's taxpayers.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:59:24 +0000 Julie Rose 34713 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Loses Out To Kansas City Streetcar In Federal Grant Competition Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary http://wfae.org/post/foxx-confirmed-next-transportation-secretary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary. The Senate voted unanimously in his favor Thursday afternoon. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Before the vote, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller praised Foxx.</p><p>"He is an expert on transportation, intermodal and otherwise," Rockefeller says. "He understands the lay of the land and he's done it. He's a superb and qualified person who is very much needed to overlook our enormous transportation system, which is in trouble"</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:11:22 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 30227 at http://wfae.org Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-council-approves-317-cent-tax-hike <p>It took a year longer than usual, but the Charlotte City Council approved a 3-cent property tax increase for capital improvement projects on Monday night.</p><p>The same plan got derailed last year because it included money to extend the streetcar. When the council passed a capital plan <em>without </em>the streetcar, Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed it. &nbsp;The city is now pursuing funding for the streetcar separately and the council easily passed the rest of the capital plan last night. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:27:42 +0000 Julie Rose 29113 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget http://wfae.org/post/phew-charlotte-council-adopt-capital-plan-budget <p>Charlotte's $2 billion budget for the coming year will likely be adopted Monday night, including an increase in the property tax rate of about three cents.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:43:44 +0000 Julie Rose 28945 at http://wfae.org Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget Transit Update: Funding And The Future http://wfae.org/post/transit-update-funding-and-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Transportation is a big issue in Charlotte - so is funding it. Officials are exploring financing options for the really big, really expensive 2030 Transit Plan. As a result of the recession, there is a $3 billion gap in funding for the long-term plan that has left some, like Charlotte City Council member David Howard to claim "if we don’t do something different, this 2030 or 2035 Plan is going to be more like a 2080 Plan." He is Committee Co-Chair, along with </span>Huntersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mayor Jill Swain of a 30-member transit funding working group formed at the behest of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (who has been nominated as Transportation Secretary) to explore possible options to help fund $4 billion worth of projects. They join us to share their findings. The future and funding challenges of Charlotte's transit plan, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 27677 at http://wfae.org Transit Update: Funding And The Future City Manager Ron Carlee http://wfae.org/post/city-manager-ron-carlee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At just a few weeks into his tenure as city manager, Ron </span>Carlee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has no shortage of city issues to occupy him. There's the airport governance study and his take on the results… and then there's the city budget, which he just presented last week. The streetcar has been making news for some time, but this week, city council made time to discuss its future during their meeting. We'll talk with Ron </span>Carlee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about the most important city issues he's dealing with as he hits the ground running, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 27243 at http://wfae.org City Manager Ron Carlee Carlee Is The Streetcar's New Champion http://wfae.org/post/carlee-streetcars-new-champion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The future of the streetcar in Charlotte depends on the city's ability to get more federal funding, says City Manager Ron </span>Carlee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. To be precise, </span>Carlee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposes Charlotte pursue a grant for half the $126 million price tag to undertake the next 2.5 mile stretch of streetcar extending to the east and west of Uptown.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city council's reaction to the proposal was tepid.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:58:53 +0000 Julie Rose 27241 at http://wfae.org Carlee Is The Streetcar's New Champion Carlee To Recommend Streetcar Plan http://wfae.org/post/carlee-recommend-streetcar-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Once again, the Charlotte City Council is talking streetcars. It's a topic that has dominated even those meetings when it wasn't on the council's agenda. &nbsp;Monday night it actually <em>is.</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 09:44:00 +0000 Julie Rose 27051 at http://wfae.org Carlee To Recommend Streetcar Plan