This project involves a light rail transit line that extends from Uptown Charlotte, home to the region’s central business district, to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. The inner segment of the proposed line follows active Norfolk Southern and North Carolina Railroad right-of-way while the outer part follows US 29. The line then diverges from the US 29 right-of-way to proceed onto the campus of UNC Charlotte. The project also involves four park-and-ride lots that would provide approximately 3,000 parking spaces for commuters. UNC Charlotte is particularly excited about the project, hoping it will provide the college community with greater access to Center City Charlotte’s arts, cultural, and athletic events and drive economic development. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013.