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Debate over city trolley lines could impact election

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CHARLOTTE – Charlotte is just one city around the country where the mayoral race could hinge partially on the future of trolley lines in the city.

Leaders in the Queen City, along with Cincinnati, Atlanta and Dallas, have pushed to revive the old trolley lines that could benefit from federal grants.

Democrat Anthony Foxx has said he supports bringing street cars back to Charlotte, while Republican John Lassiter opposed funding the project.

Opponents say street car projects are just a rush for easy federal cash and taxpayers will eventually have to subsidize the lines.

Advocates say it would reduce traffic and pollution and spur economic development.

The American Public Transportation Association said 80 U.S. cities have street car proposals. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP