Charlotte to spend extra $1M on longer light rail trains

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte will have to spend nearly an additional $1 million to expand light rail line platforms to handle longer trains.

The construction to allow three-car Lynx trains instead of two-car trains was supposed to finish in September. The three-car trains need additional electric power and longer platforms at some stations.

But the city told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1Q4lDcN ) that additional work, problems with the contractors and insufficient resources delayed the work and added an extra $950,000 in cost.

The two-car Lynx trains are often crowded, especially when the Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Hornets play.

The city still plans to have the platform work finished by the time it opens a $1 billion light rail line extension to UNC-Charlotte by the summer of 2017.

___

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com