Charlotte's ambitious transit plan gets off to fast start

04/1/2008 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

Four months after opening the city's first light rail line, officials in Charlotte, N.C., say the system is getting 12,000 riders a day -- 3,000 more than predicted. Backed by a half-penny sales-tax increase and a $100 million bond fund, the plan will include 21 miles of light rail, 16 miles of streetcar tracks and 25 miles of commuter rail by 2030. The entire system was designed to limit urban sprawl by concentrating growth in five planned-population corridors served by various modes of mass transit.

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