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CharlotteStreetcarProjectDuetotheeconomicrealitiesofreducedsalestaxrevenuesince2008theadvancementofthestreetcarprojecthadbeendelayed.InJulytheCityofCharlottewasapprovedtoreceivea24.99milliongrantfromtheFederalTransitAdministrationFTAforthecompletionofa1.5-milestartersegmentoftheCharlotteStreetcarProjectwhichwillconnecttheElizabethAvenueBusinessCorridorwiththeCharlotteTransportationCenterinUptown.CATSx19roleintheprojectwillbetosupporttheCityx19sEngineeringPropertyManagementDepartmentinthedesignandconstructionoftheserviceaswellasoperatetheserviceonceitisreadyin2015.InJunepreliminaryengineeringwhichadvancedtheprojectdesigntothe30percentlevelwascompleted.ThisaccomplishmentallowedtheCitytodevelopareliablecostestimateandschedulefortheproject.TheStreetcarteamfinalizedanupdatetotheEnvironmentalAssessmentEAandsubmittedtheDraftEAtotheFTAforreview.AlsoinJunetheFTAcompletedtheirreviewprocessandaFindingofNoSignificantImpactwasissued.TheFTAhasdiscussedtheirdesiretoacceleratethebeginningofconstructionfromMarch2013toDecember2012.TheFTAisalsoconsideringaprototypestreetcarfromKinkisharyoaJapaneserailcarbuilderwhichwastestedanddemonstratedinCharlotteinJanuary.Thisstreetcarisa100-percentlow-floorhybrid-poweredcarthatwasputonpublicdisplayforseveraldays.NorthDavidsonBusFacilityRenovationExpansionProjectTheNorthDavidsonBusFacilityRenovationProjectisfundedbytheAmericanRecoveryandReinvestmentActof2009throughtheTransitCapitalAssistanceUrbanizedProgram.NorthCarolinax19slargeststimulusprojectwillimproveoperationsbyupdatingtheconditionofthe29-year-oldfacilitywhileprovidingsufficientspaceandsupportforupto200transitbuses.Therenovationincludesupgradestotheadministrationoperationsandmaintenancebuildingsaswellasthe14U.S.SecretaryofTransportationRayLaHoodvisitsCharlottetopraisetheCharlotteStreetcarProject.TheNorthDavidsonBusFacilityincludesaworkofarttitledWheelsontheBusin7CymaticSonatas.