Red Line Project
The Red Line Regional Rail (RLRR) project is an initiative to upgrade an existing section of the Norfolk Southern Railroad “O” Line in the North Corridor of the Charlotte metropolitan area. The RLRR is a major regional economic development initiative that will significantly improve the movement of both goods and passengers along a 25-mile section of track running south from Mooresville to Charlotte with potential future extension north from Mooresville to Statesville.
The current RLRR project is the culmination of a process that began over 15 years ago with the Centers and Corridors planning for regional growth. The North Corridor is one of five rapid transit corridors called for in the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, adopted by the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) in 2006. Estimates regarding job creation associated with the RLRR suggest that this rail investment would generate approximately 23,000 new jobs in the North Corridor over the life of the project.
The Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) formed the Red Line Task Force in September of 2010 made up of government policy-makers and executives of the seven North Corridor jurisdictions. The Red Line Task Force meets monthly to design and analyze the project’s policy and finance approach.