- After hammering a golden spike into a section of track, a giddy Mayor Pat McCrory simultaneously hugged [FTA head Jennifer] Dorn and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.
"We are doing this not for you in this audience," said McCrory, who has been pushing for transit since he became mayor 10 years ago. "We are doing this for future generations."
Doing it for the children Ö or the grandchildren Ö great-grandchildren?
The feds just signed over $193 million to Charlotte officials to be used for the 9.6 mile light rail line, currently priced at $427 million. In other words, rail backers have their first line. And the awkward partying-down has begun: