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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  • Dylan Green
    signed 2021-03-19 10:45:42 -0400
  • Andrea Pernstich
    signed 2021-03-19 10:21:17 -0400
  • Alana De Castro
    signed 2021-03-19 08:53:00 -0400
  • Kevin Baum
    signed 2021-03-19 08:45:36 -0400
  • Matthew Skolar
    signed 2021-03-19 08:35:45 -0400
    Commuters aside, as a Davidson College Student, many of us talk about this all the time, how much we wish we had a rail connection directly into Charlotte. It would make Charlotte more accessible to many in our student population.
  • Teresa Julian
    signed 2021-03-19 08:05:51 -0400
  • Scott Belote
    signed 2021-03-19 02:14:56 -0400
  • Lance Munger
    signed 2021-03-19 00:55:30 -0400
  • Sven Lauterwasser
    signed 2021-03-19 00:19:27 -0400
  • Nathan Howle
    signed 2021-03-18 23:45:33 -0400
  • Matthew Zeck
    signed 2021-03-18 22:42:26 -0400
  • Stuart Williams
    signed 2021-03-18 21:51:11 -0400
  • Eric Farley
    signed 2021-03-18 21:07:37 -0400
    I could use this if it was built bc I work in Davidson. Would love to stop driving bc I have anxiety and road rage.
  • Kimberly Sempert
    signed 2021-03-18 20:58:52 -0400
  • Bryan Snyder
    signed 2021-03-18 18:16:21 -0400
  • Greta Martin
    signed 2021-03-18 17:36:51 -0400
  • Michelle Campbell
    signed 2021-03-18 16:15:38 -0400
  • Trenton Abbott
    signed 2021-03-18 11:47:03 -0400
  • Mike Fabrizius
    signed 2021-03-18 11:03:34 -0400
  • Grant Conine
    signed 2021-03-18 10:57:13 -0400
  • Michael Nuckles
    signed via 2021-03-18 10:12:41 -0400
  • Joshua Doom
    signed 2021-03-18 09:50:21 -0400
  • Jessica Jones
    signed 2021-03-18 02:51:20 -0400
  • Isaac Anderson
    signed 2021-03-18 02:14:42 -0400
  • Shana Stricker
    signed 2021-03-18 00:33:12 -0400
    Connect mooresville to Charlotte please
  • Pauline Kozerski
    signed via 2021-03-17 22:50:48 -0400
    If people who live in South Carolina have transit trains to Charlotte why can’t people who live in NC have rail transit? We want to cut down on gasoline usage. There is less and less parking in Charlotte but more jobs. We need a transit system from even Statesville south to Charlotte.
  • Alexander Ballard
    signed 2021-03-17 21:58:02 -0400
  • Julie Wilkinson
    signed 2021-03-17 21:30:47 -0400
  • Mehl Renner
    signed 2021-03-17 21:30:07 -0400
    All modes of transportation should be more efficiently utilized and the possible red line is a goal to better serve Charlotte and towns in an already heavily population corridor destined for tremendous growth. We should not continue to choke our highways.
  • Cory Habicht
    signed 2021-03-17 20:56:42 -0400