Help get the Red Line back on track!

Please add your name to the petition below to help us get the Red Line back on track. And then help us spread the word and hit our latest goal of 2,000 signatures by sharing it on social media and asking your friends to sign too!

Dear Norfolk Southern CEO Mr. James Squires and North Carolina Railroad CEO Mr. Carl Warren,

We strongly urge you to work with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to coordinate use of the “O” Line rail corridor for the 25-mile LYNX Red Line commuter rail. This critical rail line in the CATS 2030 Transit Plan would connect the towns of Mooresville (Mount Mourne), Davidson, Cornelius​ and Huntersville to Center City Charlotte at the Charlotte Gateway Station. 



When the 2030 Transit Plan was adopted by the Metropolitan Transit Commission in 2006, it was assumed that freight and passenger rail would share the existing track for the Red Line. Then in 2013, Norfolk Southern’s Passenger Rail Policy was changed to no longer allow transit service on freight corridors including the “O” Line. There are no good alternative alignments for building a separate line for commuter or light rail, as all of the possibilities adjacent to this corridor would be extremely expensive and disruptive to existing homes and businesses.

The need for this project has never been more urgent. 

Our region’s rapid population growth demands sustainable transportation choices to maintain a healthy environment and robust economy.

  • Mecklenburg County’s population has grown by 20.7% since 2010. 
  • Pre-Covid, nearly 47,000 people commuted between Iredell County, North Mecklenburg and the City of Charlotte, and that number is poised to grow to 80,000 by 2050.
  • Mecklenburg County only narrowly meets the health-based standard for ground-level ozone. Tailpipe emissions from vehicles are the primary source of emissions that lead to the formation of this harmful air pollutant in our county (Source: Mecklenburg County Air Quality).
  • Road transport (driving) produces 36% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Charlotte (Source: Strategic Energy Action Plan). Investing in mass public transit will help to reduce our County’s contributions to climate change.
  • When looking for a place to settle, the most important criteria for those aged 24-44 is easy access to transit (Source: Journal of Regional Science).

Lack of fast and affordable transportation choices is hurting our residents.

  • Charlotte and Mecklenburg County rank at the bottom of the country’s large metro areas for upward economic mobility of children born into poverty (Source: Equality of Opportunity Study).
  • Commute time is the single strongest predictor of whether a family escapes poverty (Source: The New York Times).
  • The median-income household in Mecklenburg County spends 29% of their income on housing, and another 23% on transportation (Source: Center for Neighborhood Technology Housing & Affordability Index). 
  • The average annual household cost of transportation in Charlotte is $15,700. Even an older used car will cost its owner thousands of dollars per year.
  • Lack of access to fast, frequent public transit disproportionately impacts people of color. Black workers are four times more likely to take public transportation than white workers (Source: TransitCenter).

Please support the residents, workers, and businesses of Mecklenburg County by working with CATS to get the LYNX Red Line commuter rail project back on track.

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  • Scott Woodward
    signed 2021-04-04 09:49:56 -0400
  • Forrest Chambless
    signed 2021-04-03 02:37:08 -0400
  • Cassandra Helfer
    signed 2021-04-02 22:26:08 -0400
  • Katie Oates
    signed 2021-04-02 16:12:14 -0400
  • Adrienne Craighead
    signed via 2021-04-02 12:32:59 -0400
  • Ted Campbell
    signed via 2021-04-02 08:07:53 -0400
  • Mia Perry
    signed 2021-04-02 07:28:11 -0400
  • Dale  S. Troyer
    signed 2021-04-01 22:02:30 -0400
    I happen to be one of those people that have said “why aren’t these RR tracks being used for commute?!
  • anna kellogg
    signed 2021-04-01 21:38:43 -0400
  • Michael Durham
    signed 2021-04-01 18:52:40 -0400
  • Christopher Perri
    signed 2021-04-01 18:39:20 -0400
    Time for City, State, NCRR and NS to collaborate on better outcomes for the citizens and customer in LKN region. NS clients should be engaged in the dialogue too
  • Steve Yaffe
    signed 2021-04-01 16:38:38 -0400
  • William Lynch
    signed via 2021-04-01 15:35:12 -0400
  • David Crawford
    signed 2021-04-01 14:17:17 -0400
  • David Lichtman
    signed 2021-04-01 13:48:21 -0400
  • brandon scott
    signed 2021-04-01 12:43:37 -0400
  • Tina O'Brien
    signed 2021-04-01 11:35:51 -0400
  • Janice Lewis
    signed 2021-04-01 11:16:06 -0400
  • Gene Blair
    signed 2021-04-01 10:58:29 -0400
    I am a huge proponent for the extension of the real life up through Davidson North Carolina.

    He’s inconceivable to me that either federal or state legislators cannot or will not create legislation for this very situation that requires the real road to cooperate totally.

    We can execute eminent domain for the poor and less powerful but refuse to do it in a situation that warrants it zuch as this.
  • Sam Eneman
    signed 2021-04-01 10:38:51 -0400
  • Griffin Lynch
    signed 2021-04-01 10:23:27 -0400
  • Xavier Gomez
    signed 2021-04-01 10:00:11 -0400
  • Matthew Werder
    signed 2021-04-01 09:50:41 -0400
  • Walker (she/her) Spruill
    signed via 2021-04-01 09:44:06 -0400
  • Eric Nesbitt
    signed 2021-04-01 09:22:36 -0400
  • Anna Choiniere
    signed 2021-04-01 09:07:02 -0400
  • Bob Carter
    signed 2021-04-01 08:58:15 -0400
    I have always been puzzled why RR cannot join in on mass transit as that is also one of their reasons for being a RR ???
  • Jared Hollands
    signed 2021-04-01 08:58:00 -0400
  • Eileen OFlaherty
    signed 2021-04-01 08:36:07 -0400
  • Maitri Meyer
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