CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Norfolk Southern has told the Charlotte Area Transit System it won't share its freight railroad tracks for a proposed commuter train.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( that CATS planned to use the existing tracks that run parallel to Interstate 77 for a commuter train which would link Charlotte and Mooresville, with stops in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson.

Without access to the existing rail line, CATS would have to build a parallel set of new tracks, adding tens of millions of dollars to the project. The 30-mile project has long been on life support because it doesn't qualify for federal funding. CATS doesn't have enough money to build the train line on its own.

A CATS memo says it hopes the state would work with Norfolk Southern to find a compromise.

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