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commuterrailThe proposed North Corridor Commuter Rail Project is a new 25-mile commuter rail system operating over existing tracks owned by the Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) between downtown Charlotte and Mount Mourne, an area immediately south of Mooresville, North Carolina.  The rail line runs though the centers of downtown Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville.  Improvements to the rail line would include replacement of ties and rail, signalization, protection of at-grade crossings, and construction of up to 12 stations and a vehicle maintenance facility (VMF).

The Service would consist of 20-30 minute headways during the morning and afternoon rush hour period and hourly service during the remainder of the day.  The new service is projected to have some 5,000 commuters ride the trains daily to or from Charlotte by 2030.  The vast majority of these commuters currently travel by single-occupancy vehicle along I-77 and/or NC 115 (Old Statesville Road) or US 21 (Statesville Road).

NOTE: The Red Line Task Force (RLTF) is a standing committee established by the Metropolitan Transit Commission in June 2010 to focus on finding alternative means to finance and advance the Red Line rail project. The RLTF is currently preparing a business, funding and financing plan for the project. The information you see on this project page is preliminary engineering work completed to the 30 percent design level prior to the creation of the RLTF. New findings on the Red Line will be made available soon. Click here to learn more about the RLTF.