Lynx Silver Line

New lines would expand the Lynx system north and west of Charlotte. CATS plans meetings on how to link new lines with existing ones, including the Lynx Blue Line (photo).
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The Charlotte City Council voted 8-2 Tuesday night to approve a $50 million contract to design the Silver Line – a 26-mile light rail project from Matthews to Belmont. 

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Charlotte City Council postponed a vote Monday on approving funds for a new light rail line cost estimate but agreed to spend more than $500 million to expand the lobby of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

A LYNX Blue Line Train at 9th Street Station uptown. CATS is trying to figure out how to pay for expanding the transit system north, west and southeast of uptown.
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Charlotte Area Transit System wants to City Council to approve a $50 million design contract so the transit system can know how much a new light rail project will cost. 

But some council members are concerned about spending the money before the city has funding to pay for the 26-mile LYNX Silver Line.  

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters.
Logan Cyrus

The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved money for improved security at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police stations, including police headquarters. And the council agreed to fund a study of a proposed rail trail along the planned Silver Line.  

New lines would expand the Lynx system north and west of Charlotte. CATS plans meetings on how to link new lines with existing ones, including the Lynx Blue Line (photo).
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A proposed light rail line connecting Belmont and Matthews to uptown Charlotte could get an adjacent pedestrian and biking trail.

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As the first leader of the Charlotte Area Transit System, Ron Tober opened the Lynx Blue Line in 2007.

Tober is now a contractor for the consultant firm WSP, which recently advised CATS on how to finish its 2030 transit plan. WSP gave CATS  options for how to bring an east-west light-rail line through the center city.

Map shows the proposed route of the Lynx Silver Line light rail (purple) from uptown to the airport and Gaston County.
Charlotte Area Transit System

The board that oversees Charlotte Area Transit System has given formal approval to a revised 2030 System Plan, including a rail line to the airport.  

Aerial view shows Wilkinson Boulevard in downtown Belmont heading east toward the airport and uptown Charlotte.
Charlotte Area Transit System

It's still years in the future, but a proposed rail line from uptown Charlotte to the airport now has a preferred route: along Wilkinson Boulevard. That plan was announced Wednesday evening, and officials say it may also go well beyond the airport to Gaston County.