Iredell Encouraged to
Plan for Light Rail Extension
NC DOT strongly favors creation of a park and ride lot on the east side of I-77, and use of the MAP Act to protect the corridor. A former rail right of way exists along NC 115/US 21 between Mooresville and I-77. Currently there is no heavy encroachment upon the right of way. CEMT believes the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) should encourage Iredell County and it's towns to call upon NC DOT to explore state and federal funding possibilities.
These studies would be conducted through the Public Transportation Division and Rail Division, and should get underway as soon as possible. DOT would have to be requested to invoke the MAP Act which would freeze any development along the former rail right of way for three years. This would provide sufficient time to examine the possibility of bringing this segment on line at the same time, or shortly after institution of the Charlotte-Mooresville service. The MAP Act mechanism can be used under the authority of the state at no monetary cost to the localities.
Just recently Lowes announced a 70 million dollar investment along the line near Mooresville adding one thousand jobs.