New CATS Light Rail Project Could Include Trail

Aug 25, 2019

A proposed light rail line connecting Belmont and Matthews to uptown Charlotte could get an adjacent pedestrian and biking trail.

The Lynx Blue Line light rail system is seen in a 2018 file photo.

The Charlotte Area Transit System is asking City Council to help fund a study looking at the possible construction of such a trail, which could be like the current rail trail alongside the Blue Line.

City Council is scheduled to take a vote Monday on allocating $25,000 for the study, and the town of Matthews is also chipping in $25,000. The remaining $150,000 would be funded by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

Plans for the new light rail line – to be named the Silver Line – are still in the early stages. As currently proposed, it would run from Belmont in Gaston County, then to the Charlotte-Airport and uptown, then southeast to Matthews.