Capital Investment Plan

XCLT blazeThe Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT)

Cross Charlotte Trail map August 2019

​U​pcoming XCLT events





​Program overview

T​he City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to create a 30+-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the City of Pineville​ through Center City and on to the UNC Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line. Once completed, the Cross Charlotte Trail will allow residents to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other. Approximately 140,000 residents and 130,000 jobs will be within walking distance of the proposed trail and the adjacent greenways that connect to it.   

​Program goals

  • ​​​​To be nationally recognized by putting Charlotte among the top 25 ​cities in the country with the most multi-use trails  

  • ​To be continuous by closing the gaps between existing trails, thereby creating 26-miles of continuous trail for commuting and exploring as you travel to your desired destination  

  • To be connected by providing a seamless path connecting people to the larger trail network without using a car  

  • To be separated by creating a comfortable trail separating you from vehicle traffic for a safe and enjoyable experience   

  • To be convenient by offering transportation choices and convenient access to neighborhoods and businesses across Charlotte​  

Public involvement

​​Since the summer of 2014, the project team has engaged the public through a series of pop-up meetings and public meetings. Learn more about where we've been and what people are saying.  


​​Program funding of $38 million from the Community Investment Plan  

  • $5 million from voter-approved public improvement bonds in 2014  

  • $28 million from voter-approved transportation bonds in 2016 (includes $3 million for the South Charlotte Connector​)

  • $5 million from voter-approved transportation bonds in 2018  

​​​The Community Investment Plan approved by City Council in 2013 calls for voters to consider approval of funding for a number of infrastructure programs. Voting referendum were held in 2014 , 2016 and 2018, with future referenda in ​2020. For this project, if voters approve funding, City staff will engage the community to determine the details of what will ultimately be built. Once these details are known, the cost of the project will be estimated and published. Learn more about the Community Investment Plan at​  

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Tom Russell, P.E.
Program Manager, Urban Infrastructure
Department of General Services
Scott Curry
Charlotte Department of Transportation

​​Cross Charlotte Trail segments (managed by the City of Charlotte) - South to North

​Cros​s Charlotte Trail segments (managed by Mecklenburg County and partially funded by the City of Charlotte)

​Little S​ugar Creek Greenway segments (managed by Mecklenburg County)

​​​Blaze to be installed along the trail


​Cros​s Charlotte Trail master plan​Cross Charlotte Trail Master Plan 2016

​Executive summary​ (8MB)

Table of contents and acknowledgements  

Chapter 1 (39MB) - Plan ​​development  

Chapter 2 (37MB) - Plan  

Chapter 3​ (12MB) - Implementation​  

Appendix​ (2MB)