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**Update 10/23/2013: Further work on the Draft Business/Finance Plan, including release of the “Consensus Plan,” is currently on hold pending the outcome of a report being prepared by consultants under contract to NCDOT and CATS. This report will summarize the issues involving development of the proposed Red Line service while preserving present and future freight capacity along Norfolk Southern’s O Line corridor. Funding possibilities for the Red Line and other regional transit systems are also being considered by the 30-member Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Transit Funding Working Group. A meeting notice will be posted to this site when the next RLTF meeting is scheduled.**

Welcome to the website for the Red Line Regional Rail Project. This project is a major regional economic development initiative in the Iredell County/Mecklenburg County Region of North Carolina. The Red Line Regional Rail will significantly improve the movement of both goods and passengers along a 25-mile section of track running south from Mooresville to Charlotte, with potential future extension north from Mooresville to Statesville. This website serves as the central point of contact for the project.

The Red Line Regional Rail is proposed to be a collaborative regional effort involving the following nine jurisdictions: Mecklenburg County; Iredell County; the Towns of Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville; the City of Charlotte; Charlotte Area Transit System; and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

A Draft Business/Finance Plan for the Red Line Regional Rail was released in December of 2011. This Plan demonstrates that:

  • Local governments can participate in the project while maintaining control and protecting individual property rights.
  • Towns and counties are protected from financial recourse.
  • The project is designed to provide relief to I-77 and advance statewide multi-modal logistics efforts.
  • The project will rely on future economic development and business growth for funding and will require no increase to the local tax base.
  • The project represents an attractive investment to the financial community.
  • All aspects of the proposed approach to fund and implement the project are currently allowed by state law.

See below for the project timeline, two-page Project Overview and Overview Presentation (click to download). These and other project documents are also available in the Document Library.

Project Timeline


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