Arts & Life
5:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

When Cars Ran On Rails; Charlotte's Streetcar Past

An undated photograph of a streetcar in Dilworth, Charlotte's original streetcar neighborhood
Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

It's time for another radio road trip Along the Great Wagon Road - our series exploring the history of the Charlotte region with Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

City Council Approves $108 Million For Arena And Streetcar

Charlotte City Council has approved $33.5 million to renovate the nine year old Time Warner cable Arena.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council approved more than $108 million in new spending Monday night. The money will go to two controversial projects, renovating Time Warner Cable Arena and an extension to the city’s east-west streetcar line.

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Local News
5:56 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

City Spends $12 Million In Hunt For Streetcar Grant

The second phase of the streetcar will extend it from Johnson C. Smith University to the Elizabeth area.
Credit City of Charlotte

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.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cannon And Peacock Challenge Each Other Over Streetcar

From left to right, Democratic candidate Patrick Cannon, moderator Amy Burkett, and Republican candidate Edwin Peacock, moments before WTVI's mayoral debate.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Charlotte Loses Out To Kansas City Streetcar In Federal Grant Competition

Kansas City's 2-mile streetcar project secured $20 million - the largest grant - in the latest round of federal TIGER funds. Charlotte's request for $25 million was rejected, but CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers says the loss is 'not fatal' to the project.

Charlotte's streetcar project is not dead, but its future is in limbo after the city's initial federal funding application was denied.  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.

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1:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary

The Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. transportation secretary.
Credit CSPAN

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary. The Senate voted unanimously in his favor Thursday afternoon.  

Before the vote, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller praised Foxx.

"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"

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Local News
9:27 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike

Charlotte City Council approved a 3.17 cent tax increase on a vote of 8 to 2.
Credit Julie Rose

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.

The same plan got derailed last year because it included money to extend the streetcar. When the council passed a capital plan without the streetcar, Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed it.  The city is now pursuing funding for the streetcar separately and the council easily passed the rest of the capital plan last night.  

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Local News
9:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget

Charlotte City Council is poised to approve a 3.17 cent property tax rate increase Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Transit Update: Funding And The Future

Credit Charlotte Area Transit System

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 Huntersville 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

City Manager Ron Carlee

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee
Credit Julie Rose

At just a few weeks into his tenure as city manager, Ron Carlee 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 Carlee about the most important city issues he's dealing with as he hits the ground running, when Charlotte Talks.

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