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N.C.'s sharp right turn threatens transit in 2 booming metro areas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The blueprint for one of the most ambitious mass transit networks ever envisioned in the Southeast calls for some 72 miles of rail lines, rapid bus routes and even a streetcar here in North Carolina's largest metro area. But eight years after its formal adoption, the transit plan is still short about $5 billion of what's needed to for it reach fruition, according to one estimate.

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