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Council to consider $7.7M for streetcar 2nd phase

The Charlotte City Council will vote Monday on whether to spend $7.7 million on engineering work for the second phase of the streetcar.
The Charlotte City Council will vote Monday on whether to spend $7.7 million on engineering work for the second phase of the streetcar. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte City Council will vote Monday on whether to spend $7.7 million on engineering work with URS for the second phase of the streetcar line.

The first segment of the streetcar, or CityLynx Gold Line, is scheduled to open July 14. That will run from Time Warner Cable Arena to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.

The second phase would extend that 1.5-mile segment to Johnson C. Smith University in one direction and to Sunnyside Avenue in Elizabeth in the other direction.

Charlotte has already spent $6.7 million on design work for the second phase of the line. The city said it needs to spend the additional $7.7 million to maintain the “aggressive schedule” for construction to begin in 2016.

The new segment would open in 2019.

The $7.7 million would mostly be spent on design work ($5 million); preparing final bid documents ($400,000); providing design services during construction ($2.3 million).

The second streetcar segment is expected to cost $150 million. President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts in October contains a $75 million grant for the project.

The city would pay for the other $75 million

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