Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte South Line Light Rail
• Light Rail
Advocate for the city of Charlotte and Charlotte Area Transit System before Congress to secure annual appropriations from the New Starts program for the capital cost of the project; acted as a liaison with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to resolve issues regarding project justification, such as ridership forecasts and cost effectiveness; and, serve as outside counsel for the Full Funding Grant Agreement. Project opened in November 2007.
Charlotte Blue Line Extension Light Rail
• Light Rail
Advocate for the city of Charlotte and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to obtain project approvals from the Federal Transit Administration to enable the project to obtain a capital funding from the New Starts program. Served as outside counsel for the Full Funding Grant Agreement which included obtaining a non-availability waiver of Buy America for utility relocation work in the project corridor. Serving as an advisor to CATS to secure project financing from the Department of Transportation for a Transportation Innovative Finance and Investment Act (TIFIA) to enhance the use of sales tax proceeds. Project is under construction.
Charlotte Blue Line Capacity Improvements
• Light Rail • TIGER
Ridership on the initial South Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line, which reached the twenty year forecast levels within one year of operation, resulted in the need to extend the existing platforms to accommodate three car LRT trains. Advocate for the City of Charlotte and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to make the case for the $18 million provided for the extended platforms.
Advocate before Congress and the Federal Transit Administration to secure Urban Circulator grant for Phase I of the streetcar system. Phase I opened in June 2015.
Charlotte Streetcar Phase II (Gold Line)
Advising the city of Charlotte and Charlotte Area Transit System to advance the project through the Small Starts approval process. Acting as a liaison with the Federal Transit Administration during the Small Starts project approval process.