CATS should build that up­town tun­nel

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

CATS’ choice to build a by­pass for the Matthews/ In­de­pen­dence light rail link is full of can’ts.

CATS says it can’t tun­nel one mile up­town. CATS says it’s too ex­pen­sive. But is land ac­qui­si­tion and build­ing tracks for mul­ti­ple miles re­ally cheaper?

Most im­por­tantly, CATS can’t bring Matthews line rid­ers into the cen­ter of the city.

CATS needs to take a risk. Tun­nel to the cen­ter of the city. Bring tran­sit cus- tomers where they want to go – to work, restau­rants, events, mu­se­ums. Don’t bring them to Uber or Lyft or make them walk from the out­skirts of up­town.

– Lib Wil­lard, Char­lotte

Lib Wil­lard

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