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THESTARTOFABEAUTIFULFRIENDSHIPWhatdoyougetwhenthreeothemostrespectednamesintransportationcometogetherSignedleaseconstructionandoperatingagreementsbetweentheNorthCarolinaRailroadCompanyNorolkSouthernCorporationandCATSortheLYNXBLEprojectalonga2x47-milecorridorbeginningatEast12thStreetandendingnearEastwayDrivex4TheagreementsaresignifcantbecausetheFTArequiredtheirexecutionbeoretheBLEcouldbeapprovedtomoveintofnaldesignx4AspartotheagreementCATSwillmakeimprovedsaetyenhancementsat36thStreetorreightanduturepassengerrailservicex4CATSalsohasanoptionwithNorolkSouthernortheacquisitionothecurrentintermodalrailyardalongBrevardStreetnorthoUptownCharlottewhenNorolkSouthernmovestoanewacilityunderconstructionatCharlotteDouglasInternationalAirportx4GROWTHSTARTSINOUROWNBACKYARDAcitygrowswhenitslocalbusinessesthrivex4WiththehelpootherCityoCharlottedepartmentsandtheCharlotteChamberoCommerceCATShostedtwoeventsinFY2012designedtohelpsmallandsociallyoreconomicallychallengedbusinessesinourcommunitydojustthatx4TheCATSBusinessOpportunitySymposiumandx1cMeetthePrimesx1deventsgavelocalcompaniesachancetolearnaboututurebusinessopportunitieswithCATSandhowtogetthatbusinessx4TheeventsalsohelpedthecompaniesunderstandhowtoworkwithinederalrequirementsorCATSprojectsx4STARTINGTOTAKESHAPETeamworkhasalwayshelpedCATScreatecustomizedsolutionstomeettheneedsoarearesidentsandtheRedLineisnoexceptionx4ThisyeartheRedLineTaskorceandstateconsultantsworkedontheDratFinancialPlanthedetailsowhichweresharedattheRedLineRailReportSummitinDecemberx4ConsultantsthenpresentedelectedofcialsandthegeneralpublicwithkeyelementsotheprojectincludingtheBusinessFinancePlanthatwasdevelopedasablueprinttoadvancetheRedLineRegionalRailProjectx413