North Carolina officials at the state and local level gathered for the groundbreaking of Phase 1 of the Charlotte Gateway Station project July 20, holding a ceremony in Uptown Charlotte.
The Charlotte Gateway Station (CGS) project’s first phase will entail building infrastructure for passenger rail to access the CGS station district.
The planned work will include building 2,000 feet of rail track, signals, five new bridges and a rail platform. Phase 1, partially funded through a $30 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, is also funded through state and local funds.
Work for the first phase of construction has been awarded to Crowder Construction Company and is currently set for completion by 2022.
“This partnership will benefit our state for years to come,” said Jim Trogdon, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). “The Charlotte Gateway Station will help better support North Carolina’s economy and provide people safe, reliable and appealing transportation alternatives.”
At the same time, the city of Charlotte is working with NCDOT, a consultant team and local stakeholders including Charlotte Center City Partners, to establish a private partner for the development of the full station district.
“Collaboration is at the center of this project,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “We look forward to working with the private sector in creating an iconic multimodal station that allows for robust growth in the Queen City.”
The formal Request for Proposals process is expected to start later this summer, and officials said a private partner could be chosen as early as December 2018.