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Milestone for the Blue Line Extension Project

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Charlotte City and Transit officials say the Blue Line Extension Project is now at critical junction. The City Council is set to give the City Manager the go ahead to sign the full funding grant agreement with the federal government.

Danny Rogers, Project Director of the Blue Line Extension, says "full funding grant agreement is the Federal Transit Administration's term for the federal government saying we're going to pay 50% of the project. Here's when you'll get the money, how it's going to happen, their commitment to building the project".

City officials say the light rail will extend from Uptown through North Davidson and the University area ending at UNC Charlotte. City officials say the 9-mile project will transform the Northeast Corridor and not only extend the Blue Line but improve roadways. It's expected to reconstruct North Tryon and add bike lanes and sidewalks.

The federal Department of Transportation has set the cost of the Blue Line Extension at $1.1 billion dollars.

A breakdown of the numbers shows the federal government will pay 50% or $580,042,248. The State will cover 25.8% which is $299,071,124. And the City/CATS will be responsible for 24.2% or $280,971,124.

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