Sign the Petition to

Council Members Cannon, Pickering, Fallon, Barnes, Cooksey, and Dulin

As a resident of Charlotte, I have a stake in our future. The proposed streetcar is a strategic investment in our future and a vital component of the proposed Capital Investment Plan (“CIP”). You should vote to approve it now, without further delay.

The streetcar is more than transportation. Connecting east and west Charlotte neighborhoods to uptown and each other will strengthen our social fabric, benefit our business community and reduce pollution. The streetcar will attract sustainable economic development (as the light rail has in Southend), complement existing neighborhoods, and expand the tax base. It will also save us money at the pump, as we’ll have a much-needed alternative to driving to the places we need to go.

The time is now. The days when Charlotte could solve its problems by annexation are past. Charlotte’s AAA bond rating, potential federal funding options and historically low interest rates make the case—we cannot afford to wait.

A good idea at the right time. I ask you, as my representative, to support the streetcar.

Signed,

Sustain Charlotte

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

How this will help

In June, the City Council voted against the city manager's innovative and much-needed plan (the Capital Improvement Plan, or "CIP") to invest in Charlotte's struggling neighborhoods.

One piece of...

In June, the City Council voted against the city manager's innovative and much-needed plan (the Capital Improvement Plan, or "CIP") to invest in Charlotte's struggling neighborhoods.

One piece of that plan is to build 2.5 miles of the proposed 10 mile streetcar, linking the neighborhoods of east and west Charlotte through uptown, and attracting much needed economic investment as "fixed guideway" projects such as streetcars do.

The project is also a key part of Charlotte's larger 2030 Transit Plan, approved by City Council in the late 1990s, which will help make our city more livable by reducing our dependency on cars, and the time and money we we waste sitting in traffic.

Since June 2012, City Council Members have been debating whether or not to move forward with the streetcar as part of the CIP.

At their December 17th budget meeting, City Council decided to delay a decision on the CIP (and the streetcar) until spring. In other words, not enough Council Members are supporting the inclusion of the streetcar as part of the CIP for it to move forward.

In light of this, it is critical that they hear from those of us who live in Charlotte, who they represent, that this is in important investment in our future that we want them to make.

Learn more about the Capital Investment Plan for Charlotte here:
www.charlottefuture.com

Learn more about the Charlotte Streetcar Project here:
http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/growthstrategy/Pages/CharlotteStreetcar.aspx

Learn more about Sustain Charlotte here:
www.sustaincharlotte.org

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