2 months after groundbreaking, no work completed on Streetcar Starter

2 months after groundbreaking, no work completed on Streetcar Starter

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 7:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC – Two months after an official groundbreaking ceremony featuring a White House cabinet secretary and gold-plated shovels, and construction still hasn’t begun on the Streetcar Starter Project from Central Piedmont Community College into uptown next to the Charlotte Transit Center.

“Typically after you have a groundbreaking, you break ground and start,” said city councilman Andy Dulin, opponent of the project.

NBC Charlotte contacted city communication staff on numerous occasions over the past two months regarding a start date for construction of the project, following the groundbreaking ceremony.  After several e-mails & phone calls went unanswered, NBC Charlotte contacted Dulin to see if he had answers about progress of the project. 

“I have no idea.  Hadn't seen any communications at all,” he said.  “I think they owe you answers.  I think they owe me answers.”

After our story first aired Monday afternoon, city communications staff e-mailed saying a start date for the Streetcar Starter Project would be announced Tuesday, February 12. Dulin said the delay wastes taxpayer money.    

“Every hour that a city engineer is working on the starter line, is an hour they're not working on a sewer project, or storm water project.”

The Streetcar Starter Project is already funded, largely through a $25 million federal grant. 
 

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