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Project Overview
The City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to create a 26-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the City of Pineville, ​through Center City and on to the UNCC campus and Cabarrus County line. This trail is being named the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT).  When completed, residents will be able to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other.  Approximately 98,000 jobs and 80,000 residents will be located within ½ mile of the proposed Cross Charlotte Trail.  The trail will connect to many treasured places and major employment centers over the 26-mile alignment.

Project Funding
Proposed Public Improvement Bonds ($5 million in 2014 and $30 million in 2016)
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How You Can Get Involved

We want you to stay informed about the Cross Charlotte Trail project. Community engagement activities will occur throughout the ​project’s duration to keep those interested in the project informed and provide opportunities for the public to share ideas, opinions and concerns. You can subscribe to receive electronic updates about the project by clicking on the “Notify Me” icon at the top of this page. When prompted, check the Cross Charlotte Trail box under the Roads & Streets section to receive project updates and public meeting notices.

Public Meeting Success!
Cross Charlotte Trail: Brandywine to Tyvola Public Meeting, January 27, 2015
Thank you for joining us on January 27, 2015. Approximately 250 people dropped by the public meeting at Queens University Sports/Conference Center to provide input on a 1.2 mile stretch of the proposed 26-mile Cross Charlotte Trail between Brandywine Road and Tyvola Road. The goal was to hear how citizens planned to use the trail, what amenities they would like to see and where they wanted to go along the trail. People jumped in with ideas and openly discussed their desire for the trail. With overwhelming, enthusiastic support for the project, citizen focus was: providing amenities, a safe trail, connections to great places, good directional information and interesting events along the trail. ​

Did you miss the meeting? View the XCLT Presentation 
What are people saying about the Cross Charlotte Trail? XCLT video 

What did the meeting look like? Time lapse video

What feedback did we receive? XCLT Feedback Summary
XCLT Public Meeting
Pop-Up Meetings A Success!
During the months of August, September and October, City staff attended several neighborhood meetings and conducted a series of pop-up meeti​ngs at various locations along the proposed trail.  The purpose was to educate and inform residents about the Cross Charlotte Trail and the CIP in general.
The events included attendance at festivals, food trucks, UNCC events, run clubs, bike rides, breweries and others.
The meetings were  a very effective, low-cost way to engage with and receive input from residents. Staff attended 23 events across the city and talked with hundreds of residents. About 176 residents signed up to learn more through email alerts.
Staff also asked residents to comment on what they thought about the trail.   Major themes included providing amenities, security, connections to destinations, trail wayfinding and hosting events on the trail.  The trail was viewed in a very positive manner.  A number of residents said the City should ‘Build it now!’

Upcoming Meetings:
There are currently no public meetings scheduled at this time. Please check back or sign up under "Notify Me" for project updates.
Click here for information on Community Investment Plan news and events.
For more information, contact Joe Frey at (704) 336-5276 or Dan Gallagher at (704) 336-4984 for South Section or Vivian Coleman at (704) 336-4275 for North Section.
Be sure to review the Additional Resources section below for project documents, materials from public meetings and other helpful information.
Additional Resources
Rail Trail Framework Draft Plan
LYNX Blue Line Extension (CATS Website)
Other Related Projects
Northeast Corridor Infrastructure (NECI) Program

​Cross-Charlotte Trail use

Recently, the City submitted a question on the topic, asking 'What would you likely use the Cross-Charlotte Trail for, including a poll. Below are the poll results:

This survey is now closed, but sign up and check out the conversations on the topic!


 Additional Resources