It was a hot morning of back slapping and congratulations in Uptown Charlotte as city, state and federal officials broke ground on the Blue Line Extension.
Governor Pat McCrory thanked everyone from President Bill Clinton to former Mayor Anthony Foxx for following through on funds to continue the transit plan initiated by a sales tax increase McCrory championed as Charlotte mayor in the 1990's.
"This connects the region to education, to work, to jobs, to entertainment and this is the fulfillment of one part of a major dream that so many of us were a part of," said McCrory at the ground breaking ceremony.
The Blue Line Extension will run between Uptown and UNC Charlotte - down the middle of North Tryon Street much of the way. It is scheduled for completion in 2017.