Charlotte residents and business owners to weigh in on Blue Line extension
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
CHARLOTTE -- Thursday people in Charlotte have a chance to weigh in on the newly-approved Blue Line light rail extension. The Charlotte Area Transit System will hold its first community workshop to hear what you think about the plans.
Planners want to hear your ideas on the Blue Line extension proposal, especially since it will affect a number of businesses. The expansion will run nearly 20 miles connecting uptown with UNC Charlotte along Tryon Street. Transportation officials say they've acquired 306 properties for the project and 11 will be wiped out completely. CATS will demolish many of the businesses to make room for a park and ride station.
Employees say the thought of starting over is frustrating.
"It's kind of unfair that throughout all of this they're just going to walk right over us and there's nothing we can do," said Charles Shiflett.
While some workers and business owners don't like the plans, others say they are excited about the light rail extension and the growth it could bring to the city.
The workshop starts at 6 p.m. at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church on West Sugar Creek Road.