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Charlotte City Council votes, approves $7.7M for design work on second phase of streetcar line

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Charlotte City Council voted Monday to approve $7.7 million for further design work on the second phase of the streetcar line.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1CqhJBJ ) the first 1.5-mile segment of the CityLynx Gold Line is scheduled to open July 14 and will run from Time Warner Cable Arena to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.

Charlotte has already spent $6.7 million on design work for the second phase of the line, which would open in 2019. It would reach Johnson C. Smith University and Sunnyside Avenue in Elizabeth.

The city is expected to pay $75 million of the $150 million cost of the second phase of the project. The other half could be paid with a grant in President Barack Obama's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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