Silver Line could be silver lining for East Charlotte

Silver Line could be silver lining for East Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Several city-sponsored conversations are underway to get public feedback regarding a new light rail line.

Charlotte's newest light rail proposal is being billed as the Silver Line.

Continued development clearly demonstrates Center City's Trade Street lives up to its name, and talks are underway that may bring more public transportation to the Gateway Village, home to Johnson and Wales University.

"It would be really easy for those students who don't have cars. There's a lot of those students here at Johnson and Wales," said Johnson and Wales student Daniel Frigeri.

Central Piedmont Community Colleges Levine Campus in Matthews is the starting point.

The east-west route is earmarked for busy Independence Boulevard, and the ending point is uptown's Johnson and Wales University.

Steve Kotrotsios has been a part of his family's restaurant on Independence Boulevard for more than three decades. Blight and neglect make up daily part of his landscape.

While one of the 13 proposed stops would be placed near the business at Amity Gardens, the Silver Line may not offer the perfect silver lining.

Kotrotsios said, "Anything is better than nothing. Having boarded up shopping centers is not very eye pleasing. Any king of development would help this side of town."

Few parking spaces at the Matthews Park and Ride Station underscore the need and demand.

On the Johnson and Wales campus, uptown commuters welcome the concept. Dennis Goncharoe is a CATS Rider looking for rush hour relief.

"We'll I actually live in Matthews, and that would be perfect."

Three meetings are scheduled this week.

Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St                                         
Matthews, NC

Thursday, August 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC

Thursday, August 13, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC

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