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    Here's the recommended alignment for light rail to Pineville and Ballantyne

    At last week's Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) meeting, CATS staff shared their recommendations for extending the LYNX Blue Line light rail to Pineville and Ballantyne. Read on to learn details of the proposed alignment and how CATS used public input to guide their recommendations!  (CATS staff recommendations for light rail (blue) and bus rapid transit (red). (image: CATS)
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    Charlotte chooses to go climate-friendly with bus purchases

    We're excited to share that this week CATS CEO John Lewis decided to purchase hybrid electric buses instead of diesel or CNG!
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    You can shape the future of cycling in Charlotte

    Despite what you might think, Charlotte is trying to be better for bikes. For years Sustain Charlotte has been advocating for safer places to ride in the city, and now Charlotte is working on creating a new Bicycle Network Map, which will lay the foundation for significant improvements in bike facilities. At our August Shifting Gears workshop, attendees had an opportunity to learn more about Charlotte’s process for creating its map, and to provide input on what should be included in it. 
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    Communities come together for National Night Out

    We are so thrilled to have been able to participate in two events for the 2019 National Night Out initiative, which encourages communities to come together to reduce crime by hosting neighborhood events and keeping their porch lights on later than normal.
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    Reflections: Educating future generations

    My name is Tamara Mrad I’m a rising junior Biology major on the Pre-med track at Davidson, and this summer I worked as a Sustainability Scholar. I was lucky enough to get paired with Sustain Charlotte, where I learned a lot about the effects of transportation on the environment, and its consequences on health more specifically.
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    Reflections: Working for equity

    My name is Jaire Clarida and I spent this summer interning with Sustain Charlotte through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation internship program. My internship experience has been an amazing experience this summer! I was able to learn many new things about the non-profit world by being a part of Sustain Charlotte. I learned many new things about sustainability, including the seriousness and impact of making sure that we all value the environment in which we live.
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    How will you share your input on land use planning in Charlotte?

    This was one of our favorite blog posts to write, because there's just so much exciting news on transportation and land use to share with you! Plus, there are lots of public input opportunities to add your voice! The City is making progress on its Streets Map, public input for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and the Unified Development Ordinance. On Monday July 21, Charlotte City Council's Transportation and Planning (TAP) Committee heard updates from staff on each of these topics.  Committee Chair Julie Eiselt led the meeting. Committee members Greg Phipps and Braxton Winston also attended.  You can weigh in on the Streets Map! The main goal of the Streets Map is to "Create streets that support transit-oriented (TOD) neighborhoods". That means the areas adjacent to the LYNX Blue Line light rail stations. Check out the picture below for an example of what a great street could look like. See how there are safe and inviting places to walk, cross the street, ride a bicycle, and ride public transit?  The Streets Map and TOD Standards together will help create great streets in Charlotte. (image: Charlotte Planning)
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    How one of our team made the switch to a clean commute

    When I started at Sustain Charlotte in February of 2019, I was living in Huntersville and commuting down to our office in South End. With one infant and two dogs at home, taking the 77-Express bus (while a fantastic option for those in North Mecklenburg County) proved to be too unpredictable and didn't provide me with the flexibility needed to get home to my family in case of emergency.
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