Lake Norman Transportation & Land Use Summit

Population growth and sprawl aren't concerns only for large cities. As the Lake Norman region has seen an influx of new residents in recent decades, previously rural areas and small towns have had to adapt to manage growing traffic congestion, infrastructure demands, and environmental concerns. Today we headed to Mooresville for the Lake Norman Land Use and Transportation Summit hosted by the Lake Norman Transportation Commission.  Panelists represented the legislature, commerce, real estate, and transportation. Continue reading

An engaging urban Charlotte

Susan Patterson, Program Director for the Knight Foundation in Charlotte, traveled to Denmark and Sweden with four Charlotte team members in August to learn firsthand how cities become truly livable. As the team cycled the streets of Copenhagen and toured Malmo, they encountered delightful surprises around every turn: playgrounds designed for both children and adults, outdoor concerts, picnics, vibrant sidewalk cafes, and residents of all ages and skill levels cycling as their primary means of transportation. The team returned to Charlotte with a deeper appreciation of how important sustainable transportation and well-designed urban places are. They also discussed ideas for transforming our sprawling, car-dependent city into a walkable, bikeable community that will attract a talented workforce and boost quality of life for all of Charlotte's residents. To learn more about the trip and how it inspired ideas for Charlotte, read the Op-Ed in the Charlotte Observer by Susan Patterson: Continue reading

TCA Website Launch Press Release

The TCA's new website is the result of many months of planning, research, and editing. Today, we're proud to finally unveil it to our long-time friends and supporters as well as new participants in the discussion about sustainable transportation! We distributed a press release this morning: “ provides a place where the Greater Charlotte community can get the latest on local transportation news and events, demonstrate their support for more transportation choices by becoming a member of the alliance, and take concrete actions to help move us toward a transportation network that benefits our health, our climate, and our wallets.” -- Shannon Binns, Executive Director, Sustain Charlotte Continue reading

How are transportation funding decisions made?

Ever wonder who decides how our transportation network will be built? Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be blogging about how the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, also known as CRTPO, works on behalf of residents in Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties to anticipate and plan for future travel needs. Continue reading

Transit Plan Update - Sept 10 2014

While the Blue Line Extension project forges ahead on schedule and under budget, plans for the Red Line and Silver Line are still in the works. Read on for details about CATS' plans to meet our regional transit needs through 2030.  Continue reading