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City announces approval from FTA to move streetcar into second phase

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The city of Charlotte along with the Charlotte Area Transit System have received initial approval from the Federal Transit Administration to move the city's streetcar project into its second phase.

Mayor Patrick Cannon made the announcement along a stretch of the streetcar line under construction on Trade Street Wednesday.

The approval from the FTA to enter project development comes on the heels of city council's authorization for City Manager Ron Carlee to use $12 million to advance the project to at least 65 percent.

That clears the way for CATS to apply for a FATA Small Starts grant of $63 million to complete the project.

Phase Two of the project would extend the city's street car across Independence Boulevard along Hawthorne Lane in the east and out to Johnson C. Smith University via Trade Street in the west.

If the city lands the grant, it would be included in President Obama's 2016 executive budget.

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