CHARLOTTE -- City Council is expected to vote tonight on whether to move ahead with plans to build the controversial streetcar extension.
The vote will be part of a discussion on the future of mass transit in the city.
That streetcar extension would run from uptown Charlotte to Johnson C. Smith University and could cost $126 million.
Council will vote on whether to seek federal funds to pay for half of the project.
The council has been gridlocked on how to pay for the extension for more than a year. Earlier this month, City Manager Ron Carlee unveiled his plan to pay for the extension using a 50/50 mix of city reserve money and federal grants.
Some on the council considered Carlee's plan a victory of sorts, because property taxes would not be used to pay for the extension.
Carlee has said he thinks the streetcar extension is critical to creating targeted denser growth for Charlotte.
Council is also expected to discuss its entire 2030 transit plan. Council members have to come to a decision today on whether to move ahead and seek federal funding for the project.