Posted on 03 July 2012.
By DAVID BORAKS
Whether Norfolk Southern Corp. decides to let commuter trains run on is tracks north of Charlotte some day will depend on how much it thinks passenger service will hinder expansion of freight service on the line. Local officials met with the rail company three weeks ago, and hope to agree soon on the outline of a rail traffic study to answer that question. Read the full story
Posted in Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Town Hall
Posted on 25 April 2012.
Officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) and the Red Line Task Force are seeking a meeting, possibly in mid-June, with Norfolk Southern Corp. to discuss the rail company’s misgivings about the proposed Red Line Regional Rail Project north of Charlotte. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Town Hall
Posted on 23 April 2012.
The Red Line Task Force of the Metropolitan Transit Commission holds its monthly meeting Wednesday, April 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St., Room 266, Charlotte.
Wednesday’s agenda includes a wrap-up of the business plan review, an update on proposed new station criteria, and information about an upcoming meeting with Norfolk Southern Corp. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Calendar, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Living with Growth, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, Public works, Town Hall
Posted on 03 April 2012.
By BILL THUNBERG
Lake Norman Transportation Commission
Recent discussion of the Red Line Regional Rail Project has been intense – and so has the dissemination of misinformation about the project. This discussion is the result of the Red Line Task Force’s referral of a draft business and finance plan for review by the communities along the line.
Public discussion of the project has included a considerable amount of very thoughtful input and intense questioning, as was intended. Unfortunately, this regional conversation has been seen by those opposed to transit and the transit tax as a surrogate target for the failed effort to repeal the transit tax. Transit is a part of the transportation plan for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, and rail is a part of the transit and transportation systems designed to serve this region. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Opinion, Planning & Development
Posted on 29 March 2012.
A Norfolk Southern train on the tracks near Zion Street in Cornelius. (Chip Dawson photo)
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
CHARLOTTE – A formal review period for the Red Line Regional Rail Project business and finance plan is coming to a close, but the next phase – asking local governments to adopt the plan – is delayed indefinitely, project officials said at a Red Line Task Force meeting Wednesday. Instead, project leaders will be meeting with Norfolk Southern Railroad Corp. in hopes of ironing out the track owner’s concerns about the plan.
Under the project’s original schedule, a 90-day formal review period was to be followed by revision and then adoption of the plan. Instead, project officials are putting the adoption phase on hold, amid Norfolk Southern’s concerns about combining commuter and freight service on the 25-mile line from Mooresville to Charlotte. Read the full story
Posted in Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville
Posted on 27 March 2012.
The Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Red Line Task Force is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte, where members will get updates on the proposed rail project and on revisions to the draft business and finance plan, and discuss plans for new station in Charlotte and a relocated station in the Mount Mourne area, south of Mooresville. Read the full story
Posted in Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics
Posted on 25 March 2012.
A group called the Davidson Think Tank has produced a one-hour video interview with officials involved in the Red Line Regional Rail Project. Members of the group interviewed Davidson Mayor John Woods, who chairs the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Red Line Task Force, and Mark Briggs, a consultant to the NC Department of Transportation from engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. Read the full story
Posted in Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Town Hall, Video
Posted on 23 March 2012.
Lake Norman Transportation Commission director Bill Thunberg speaks at the Chamber's Focus Friday event. Also pictured (from left): Bob McIntosh, Bill Russell, MattGallagher. (David Boraks / DavidsonNews.net)
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
While many property owners say they’re in favor of a commuter rail line north of Charlotte, it’s hard to find one in favor of the current proposed Red Line Regional Rail financing plan. Matt Gallagher, who works for developer Gandy Communities, said the special assessments on commercial property owners proposed under the draft financing plan is “a big burden to carry.” He spoke Friday at a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Focus Friday event in Cornelius, joined by speakers Bill Thunburg, the Lake Norman Transportation Commission Director and a member of the Red Line Task Force, and Bob McIntosh, of McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson.
Developers have been meeting regularly to discuss the draft financing plan, which asks commercial property owners along the rail to pay an additional “special assessment” tax of as much as 75 cents per $100 of assessed value that will go towards funding construction of the rail line from Charlotte to Mooresville. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius