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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wants voters to one day approve a penny sales tax for a $13.5 billion transit plan. It would pay for a new light-rail line and more bus service, along with greenways and bike lanes.

She said Charlotte needs to become less car dependent.

“Today we know that that car is contributing to our environmental issues,” Lyles said. “So we now have a new paradigm for what we are trying to accomplish with mass transit. That paradigm is to get you out of your car and get you into mass transit.”

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