When CATS updated the 2030 plan, special considerations had to be made for the North Corridor. Current transit plan proposals are for commuter rail between Charlotte and Mooresville. However, continuing implementation challenges and strategies related to Norfolk Southern's passenger rail policy make Red Line commuter rail difficult to implement. Therefore, through the LYNX System Update, CATS explored alternative options in addition to the current proposal for commuter rail.
The LYNX Red Line will connect the towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville to Center City Charlotte at the proposed multimodal station in Charlotte Gateway District. During extensive public outreach, communities in the Northern towns indicated a desire for more frequent service, like light rail or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The LYNX Red Line Commuter Rail is the current North Corridor LPA. However, until the NS passenger rail policy changes there is no path forward. In order to meet the public's desire for rapid transit services and increased mobility, during the January 2019 MTC meeting, CATS staff recommended:
It is anticipated, the MTC will vote on this recommendation at its February 27, 2019 meeting.
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View CATS MTC 2030 System Update Presentation