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Charlotte set to purchase first Light Rail Cars

metroboi

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We have been waiting for this a long time. The Charlotte Light Rail line will be the first in the Carolinas.

Charlotte transit planners have approved the purchase of Charlotte's first light rail cars. The city will initially buy 16 cars for the South Corridor line. Each car costs about 3 and a quarter million dollars.

The total price comes in under the initial cost estimate. Cats officials also say the entire project is right on schedule. City council must now approve the purchase. The cars will be built in Sacramento, California. CATS expects the first one to be delivered in late 2005.

Siemens will be the contractor and has built trains for Houston, Los Angeles, Portland and San Diego. Canada's Bombardier and a Japanese firm were also in the bidding.

The Charlotte vehicles will be based on the same design as those used in Houston.

 

PlannerGirl

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Wow cool, do you have a map of the proposed lines? I spent a good bit of time in Charlotte and loved it though my big fear is its so sprawled out that where to put lines would be a real issue.

Thanks for the info!
 

metroboi

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Actually the most important part of this line is the city adopting a land use policy that will encourage transit oriented growth along the LRT line. This month a parallel heritage trolley system opens in the city, and while it is not light rail, it will offer an alternative to many more people in near the central business district. There has been much high density development built along this line in the last couple of years in anticipation. Fortunately the local residents voted in a 1/2 cent sales tax specifically to pay for these projects.

Irish One, they are expecting 15,000 riders/day initially and the numbers to rise as more development is added around the line. That is a nice photo of a DMU. The Charlotte cars will be electric light rail, but there is a plan to use DMUs for the North Commuter rail line that will be operational by 2010. See the map below.

PlannerGirl, this particular line will begin right in downtown Charlotte and will parallel South Blvd until it reaches Pineville. There are plans for 4 other transit corridors, including a commuter rail line to the Lake Norman area, light rail to the University area, and Matthews, and either light rail or brt to west Charlotte. There is also a street car system planned for Central Avenue from DT to Eastland. And possibly a circle line in DT Charlotte. There is a PDF of the system map here.

Here are a couple of better renderings of the cars.

 

metroboi

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Yeah, I am not sure what is going on in RDU since they have been planning his line since 1990, and have yet to make any moves towards actual construction or rail car purchases.
 

Cirrus

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Construction on the Raleigh line is slated to begin this year... assuming TEA-21 comes thru.
 
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