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CATS to hold southeast corridor rail meetings next week

The Charlotte Area Transit System will hold three public meetings next week to discuss rail transit options for the southeast corridor.
The Charlotte Area Transit System will hold three public meetings next week to discuss rail transit options for the southeast corridor. John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charl

The Charlotte Area Transit System will hold three public meetings next week to discuss a study of southeast corridor, and what form of rail transit might work best for the area.

CATS is considering whether it’s feasible to build light-rail, a streetcar or commuter rail on or near Monroe Road or Independence Boulevard. A study is expected to be finished in 2016.

The first meeting will be Aug. 11 at Matthews Town Hall, at 232 Matthews Station St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

There are two meetings scheduled for Aug. 13.

The first is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

The second meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave.

CATS doesn’t have enough money to build any new rail line in the area. But the transit system is still moving forward with plans in hopes of securing new funding in the future.

Steve Harrison

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