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    Lanes just for buses and bikes coming to Central Avenue

    Charlotte just took a big step towards improving its public transit system and the equitable use of city streets! At their September 8 strategy session, Charlotte City Council unanimously approved CATS's plans to pilot a bus lane while preserving the existing bike lane on Central Avenue between the former Eastland Mall site and Eastway Drive. The plan was presented by CATS CEO John Lewis and Charlotte DOT Director Liz Babson. For the past few years, we've been advocating for Charlotte's leaders to make the bold decisions necessary to get people where they need to go faster and more efficiently on buses. We're excited to see such broad support for this project and we can hardly wait to see it come to life this October!  Central Avenue (current image shown) will soon be transformed! (image: Google maps)
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    Yes, air quality DID improve when we drove less!

    Even before NC Governor Cooper issued a formal stay at home order on March 27, many people in Charlotte and across the state had shifted to working from home. But did less driving actually translate into measurably cleaner air in only a few weeks? Yes!  At the August 11 Environmental Stewardship Committee meeting of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the County's Air Quality Director, Leslie Rhodes, shared data that shows this is just what happened.  Between March 26 and April 29, vehicle counts on I-277/US-74 and I-77 in Charlotte fell by 44.4% and 46.1%, respectively. That's a drop of almost half the number of vehicles! 
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    Trees, Trains, and More!

    At their July meeting, Charlotte City Council's Transportation, Planning, and Environment Committee heard and discussed updates to the CATS LYNX Silver Line light rail project, the Tree Canopy Action Plan, the Charlotte Moves Task Force, and the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Here's what you should know, and we'll start with trees:
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    What worked and what didn't: Learning from other cities

    When you're about to spend a lot of money on a big investment that's intended to improve your quality of life, you probably don't go into the situation without doing some research first. Whether it's buying a home or helping your kid choose a post-secondary education option, you've likely asked questions about the value of your investment. Maybe you talked with friends and family, read reviews, and looked at projections of how that investment would pay off over time.  It's not so different as Charlotte begins to consider the best way to create a plan for advancing mobility in our city. And just as importantly, how to pay for it over time. What will it take to champion a winning investment that voters are excited to support?
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    Sustain Charlotte joins national transit advocates in asking Congress to save transit

    Sustain Charlotte proudly joins more than 70 advocacy organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and community organizations across the U.S. in signing a letter asking the U.S. House of Representatives to increase their commitment to funding public transit.  More than half of CATS bus routes run every 45 minutes or less.
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    It's time for more bus lanes in Charlotte!

    Could more bus lanes be coming to Charlotte soon? We sure hope so! Charlotte City Council's Transportation, Planning, and Environment Committee heard updates on this and several other topics at their June 22 meeting. 
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    People For Bikes Ranking Calls Attention to Need for Cycling Improvements

    When the national bike advocacy organization People For Bikes rated more than 480 U.S. cities for bike-friendliness this year, Charlotte received a less than stellar report card: 1.3 out of a possible 5 stars.  There's clearly a lot of work to be done. But we're optimistic!  
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    Board Spotlight: Will Pellisero

    Will Pellisero has long been a sustainability advocate. He and his family are big fans of composting, gardening, and solar energy. But before connecting with Sustain Charlotte, he hadn’t made the connection between sustainability and transportation. “I didn’t even really think about driving,” he says now. “It wasn’t my biggest priority.” 
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    How Nancy's advocacy brought a greenway connector to her neighborhood

    When Nancy Pierce moved to Charlotte for a job in 1979, she chose to live close-in for the urban feel. But she longed for a body of water she could walk to. In her home state of Minnesota, water was plentiful for play, solace, and inspiration.
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    How Dustin transitioned to a car-free lifestyle

    When Dustin Branham first moved to the greater Charlotte area in 2007, living life without a car was the last thing on his mind. After landing a job at a law firm in Davidson, he moved to Huntersville in an insular neighborhood.
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