CATS eyes site for proposed Derita Station

A site that had been considered an alternative for a Derita North Corridor rail station has become the favored location.

CATS rail planners now plan to put the proposed Derita Station at Nevin and Gibbon roads, said Eshe Glover, CATS community relations specialist, who spoke last week at a networking meeting at Maria's Grill.

The change occurred because land near Sugar Creek and Nevin roads, which was once the preferred station site, is not available to CATS for development, Glover said.

Planners will present an update on those and other details about the Lynx Purple Line at a meeting on Sept. 9 at Derita Presbyterian Church.

“The last time we met at a public meeting (May 2006), that was the alternative location, at Nevin and Gibbons,” Glover said.

The proposed 30-mile North Corridor commuter line would operate on existing Norfolk Southern tracks, ultimately traveling from the center city to Mooresville.

The Purple Line could be in operation by 2012. It would differ from the Blue Line in that it would operate on diesel fuel and at faster speeds, nearing 70 mph.

The proposed route runs along Graham Street and, farther north, along Old Statesville Road. It would have a maximum of 10 stations in the first phase.

The Mooresville and Cascade/N.C. 150 stations likely would be built in a later phase.

CATS is conducting preliminary engineering studies to sharpen its cost estimates. It will submit that information to the Metropolitan Transit Commission, which will review the costs and decide whether to move forward with the project.

CATS has identified alternative station locations where it does not own land for development.

Its original preference for a Derita station at Sugar Creek and Nevin roads hit a snag when Derita Baptist Church decided not to enter a development partnership with CATS, Glover said.

CATS proposed to build a parking lot on church property and share the lot, Glover said.