CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte City Council put the wheels in motion Monday night, voting to request a grant for the streetcar project.

The vote passed 7-4 with council's three Republicans and Democrat Warren Turner voting against the measure.

The $25 million federal grant would go toward a 1.5-mile section from Elizabeth Avenue to the transportation center on Trade Street in uptown.

Charlotte would have to come up with another $12 million to pay for construction. Some have questioned that spending.

You're not doing your job. You're not looking after the people's money. And you're not looking at the facts that we don't (have) cash to run this thing, said council member Andy Dulin.

The city expects to learn this summer if Charlotte wins the federal grant. Construction would start next year and the streetcar could be running in 2013.

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