Charlotte Station Groundbreaking Held

Ground breaking ceremonies were held this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Charlotte Gateway Station project.

In the project’s initial phase, workers will build 2,000 feet of track, install signals, and create five new bridges and a rail platform

When completed, the station will provide intercity passenger-rail service to downtown Charlotte for the first time in several decades.

Funding for the initial phase of the project is being provided by a $30 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery along with state and local funds.

The first phase is projected to be completed by 2022.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation, city officials and other local stakeholders are seeking a private partner for the development of the full station district.

A formal request for proposals process is expected to launch later this summer with a private partner chosen as early as December.

Charlotte is served by Amtrak’s New York-Charlotte Carolinian, the Charlotte-Raleigh Piedmonts and the New York-New Orleans Crescent.

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