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Charlotte to spend extra $1M on longer light rail trains

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte will have to spend nearly an additional $1 million to expand light rail line platforms to handle longer trains.

The construction to allow three-car Lynx trains instead of two-car trains was supposed to finish in September. The three-car trains need additional electric power and longer platforms at some stations.

But the city told The Charlotte Observer that additional work, problems with the contractors and insufficient resources delayed the work and added an extra $950,000 in cost.

The two-car Lynx trains are often crowded, especially when the Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Hornets play.

The city still plans to have the platform work finished by the time it opens a $1 billion light rail line extension to UNC-Charlotte by the summer of 2017.

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