Charlotte Area Leaders Discuss Transportation Plans and Funding

    It was a full agenda for the February 18 Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) meeting! Here's what your Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) members from Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Union County discussed: I-485 South Lane Options Louis Mitchell from NCDOT gave a report on the I-485 lane situation. A future managed lane project that will cover 16.6 miles from I-77 to US-74 is scheduled to begin in spring 2016. With completion of the widening project arriving 23 months ahead of schedule, there are three options for use of the newly completed lane: First, keep the lane for use as a shoulder. Second, open it as a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. Third, open it as a general purpose lane. Under federal guidelines, a general purpose lane can not later be converted to a managed lane. This means that the second option preserves the ability to convert the HOV lane to a managed lane later, but the third option does not preserve that possibility. Continue reading

Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Discusses Livability and Focus Area Plans

At the February 11 Charlotte City Council Environment Committee, Councilmembers Autry, Driggs, Howard, and Smith discussed the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan and the Environment Focus Area Plan. Rob Phocas from Neighborhood & Business Services presented a summary of the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan process to date and shared a timeline for future work on it. The committee voted unanimously to support the MLCP resolution and to send it to the full City Council for their endorsement at the February 23rd meeting. Mr. Phocas reported that the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners endorsed the plan process on February 21st, and he shared a list of dates when it will be presented to town councils throughout Mecklenburg County for endorsement. 7 Guiding Principles of the MLCP. Image from LivableMeck.com   Continue reading

Planning Department explains University City Area Plan to City Council

At today's Transportation and Planning committee meeting of Charlotte City Council, staff from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning explained how the draft University City Area Plan has been updated to account for changes in the University City area associated with the LYNX Blue Line Extension and station locations. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Hosts First Mixer of 2015

Sustain Charlotte Features S & D Coffee & Tea at First Mixer of the Year Sustainability supporters came out in record numbers to the first Sustain Charlotte Mixer of the year. Over 60 community members attended the event at Triple C Brewing Company, including over 20 first time attendees. John Weibel, Environmental Systems Program Manager for S & D Coffee and Tea, explains how they are addressing sustainability. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Linda's Story

In the sixth and final video in our Six Stories, One City transit series, banking professional Linda explains why she has chosen a car-free commute. Every weekday, Linda takes an express bus from her home in Cornelius north of Charlotte into the city. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Walter's Transit Story

In the fifth video of our Six Stories, One City series, Walter explains how the bus makes it possible for him to travel to work. "I live in north Charlotte. I'm in the Senior Citizens Training Program at the Crisis Ministry Center. I use transit because it gets me close to my job, right there. I need that...I can't afford a taxi, so I need the bus. If I didn't have the bus, I wouldn't be able to make it to the job. I live too far away." Continue reading

Sustainable Commuters Celebrated at December Mixer

Over 50 sustainability enthusiasts from throughout the Greater Charlotte area gathered at Triple C Brewing on Tuesday evening to network and celebrate the success of our Transportation Choices Alliance’s Sustainable Commute Challenge. During the month-long challenge, over 100 photos were submitted by area residents who walked, biked, or rode transit to their daily destinations. As the photos were shared by contestants, they drew thousands of ‘Likes’ and hundreds of new followers to the TCA's Facebook page. The challenge also initiated dozens of conversations among sustainable commuters, many of whom had never met in person. Susan Patterson (center), Knight Foundation's Charlotte Program Director, congratulated the winners and participants. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Christine's Transit Story

Transit provides mobility and independence for many residents of Greater Charlotte who are unable to drive. In the fourth video of our Six Stories, One City series, Christine explains how transit allows her to maintain an independent lifestyle despite her visual impairment.    Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte named a 2014 Charlottean of the Year!

Sustain Charlotte has been named a Charlottean of the Year by Charlotte Magazine. Executive Director Shannon Binns founded Sustain Charlotte in 2010 after recognizing a need for a local organization that would raise awareness of Greater Charlotte's sustainability challenges and their solutions. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Sustain Charlotte was featured in the December 2014 issue in an article called "Six Charities Worth Your Dollar" for their contributions to Charlotte this year in the area of Philanthropy. Charlotte Magazine's editorial staff spent months sorting through and discussing nominations from readers and city leaders. The only criteria: Nominees had to make Charlotte a better place in 2014. Sustain Charlotte and other honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on Friday, December 12. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Scott's Transit Story

Today's video takes you inside of a small business that reaps the benefits of proximity to transit. Scott is one of the owners of Triple C Brewing Co, a local brewery located near the LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte's South End.   He's seen the tremendous economic impact of the light rail on businesses and residents. "When we first picked the location...there wasn't too much development in the area. But I think the light rail had a big part to do with a lot of current development around our location because of the convenience for people to get an apartment and then ride the light rail downtown...10 years ago, this was an industrial, hard-hit area. Now there's people moving into the area, there's small businesses growing, and it's a direct result of the light rail." Triple C Brewing Co. is within walking distance of the New Bern light rail station. "We even named a beer after it. We have a Light Rail Pale Ale." We've enjoyed hearing your feedback on the video series. Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think! Continue reading