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Charlotte denied millions in federal funding for streetcar project

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) denied a request by the City of Charlotte to fund part of the streetcar project, stretching from Eastland Mall to Rosa Parks Place in West Charlotte.

Charlotte leaders applied for the Tiger Grant earlier in the summer, with hopes of using federal money for the project, instead of raising local taxes.

Former Mayor Anthony Foxx, now the head of USDOT pushed heavily for the project before leaving office earlier this summer. 

A spokeswoman for USDOT said the department did not have an official comment as of Tuesday night. 

Raleigh's Union Station project and Goldsboro's Main Street project received funding from the grant this time.

The City of Charlotte can apply for other federal grants again in the future. To learn more about Tiger Grants, click here.

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