A Crossroads for Charlotte

(By Robert Lahser, The Charlotte Observer)

A new study on the evolution of transportation systems in more than two dozen U.S. cities tells us several things we already knew about Charlotte, and one that many of us perhaps overlook.

TransitCenter, a New York City-based think tank focused on transportation, set out to study forward-thinking transportation planning in American cities.

TransitCenter, a New York City-based think tank focused on transportation, set out to study forward-thinking transportation planning in American cities.

Given all the squabbles over the new Gold Line streetcar uptown and planned toll lanes for Interstate 77 near Lake Norman, Charlotteans might be surprised to find their city on the group’s “most-innovative” list, along with Chicago, New York City, Denver, Pittsburgh and Portland.

What did the study, unveiled this week, tell us that we already knew? That the Blue Line light rail system was a shrewd investment, given how it has reshaped the way we think about the interplay between transportation choices and residential growth patterns.

Also, that the big banks and other corporations drive major public transportation investments around here...

Shannon Binns, head of the nonprofit Sustain Charlotte, told the board that during debates about the Gold Line, and more recent planning meetings for stations along the Blue Line Extension, government and business leaders did most of the talking.

It’s time for more grassroots activists and citizens to join this critical discussion.

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