Charlotte leaders pass the Strategic Mobility Plan

The Charlotte City Council passed its Strategic Mobility Plan Monday, laying the groundwork to make the city less car-dependent and improve transit. The initiative, part of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, is designed to improve Charlotte’s public transportation, calling for a 50-50 mode share. That means 50% of all travel will happen through walking, cycling, or public transit. Continue reading

Council Quickies: $275-Million Spectrum Center Project Approved

Charlotte City Council met for a business meeting on Monday night, with the main event coming in the form of a public hearing, discussion and a vote on whether to approve new spending on Spectrum Center renovations and a new practice facility that will lead to a lease extension, keeping the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte through at least 2045. Continue reading

Walk or bike a greenway on guided tour Saturday

Cornelius has been active  in getting greenways in place in the past several years, focusing on its Emerald Necklace connecting where people live to where they shop, dine, recreate, and congregate. Continue reading

Charlotte aspires to be bike friendly, but it's a bumpy road ahead

Charlotte is pedaling towards a more bike-friendly future. While about three-quarters of Charlotte residents commuted by car pre-pandemic, the city aims to have 50% of residents' trips made through "walking, cycling and transit" by 2040. That’s according to the first draft of the city’s Strategic Mobility Plan, released on May 20. Aspiring to improve the quality and quantity of public transit in Charlotte, among other goals, the plan proposes 173 miles of bikeways. Continue reading

Clearing The Air: Charlotte’s Push for Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles of all brands, shapes, and sizes gleamed in the almost 90-degree sun at Clean AIRE NC’s EVs for Equity event at Northwest School of the Arts on Saturday where community organizations dedicated to sustainable energy, transportation, and, of course, clean air shared their initiatives with the public. In addition to encouraging bicycle use and walking when possible, Charlotte’s public bus routes are going fully electric thanks to a $44 million dollar transportation grant from the “build back better” infrastructure bill passed last November. Continue reading

Charlotte transportation plan has a big goal: getting us out of our cars

As state and local leaders look for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming, they're taking aim at some big targets: transportation and electricity production. North Carolina's challenge is this: Can we bring ourselves to change the way we do things? The city of Charlotte has come out with the first draft of the Strategic Mobility Plan to do just that, and it has an audacious goal: reduce one-person vehicles to half of all transportation trips by 2040. (For comparison, the plan says that before the COVID-19 pandemic, about three-quarters of Charlotte residents commuted by driving alone.) Continue reading

How Charlotte plans to get cars off the road

Imagine if half of Charlotte’s residents got around by walking, biking or taking transit. That’s what city leaders want to achieve by 2040, according to a plan released Friday that outlines what a future in our growing city could look like with more infrastructure focused on people, not just cars. The Strategic Mobility Plan consolidates existing transportation plans into one document. In addition to reducing vehicle trips, the plan also looks to make roads safer and intends to eliminate traffic-related deaths. The city wants to invest in four areas to achieve those goals: Transit, streets/roadways and bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Continue reading

Council quickies: Praise for raises and concern for climate at budget hearing

Charlotte City Council met for a business meeting on Monday night to hear feedback from residents about the proposed city budget for Fiscal year 2023. Much of the talk consisted of praise for the raises for city workers and concerns that the city isn’t taking climate change seriously enough. Continue reading

Charlotte to purchase electric fire truck, build one of the first all-electric stations

he future home of Station 30 is going to be electric and more than just in looks. The city of Charlotte’s budget includes funding to build a new Station 30 in southwest Charlotte. The newly constructed fire facility will be on Beam Road and will be “all electric,” complete with the city’s first electric fire truck. Continue reading

All Electric Vehicles By 2030

Charlotte, North Carolina only has 88 electric vehicles (EVs) in its city fleet, but that number is soon to change. Over the next 8 years, the city will convert its fleet of more than 4,200 vehicles — from fire trucks to small sedans — to electric. “Our sustainability goal is bold — some people would like to say it’s unattainable, but we don’t use that word here in Charlotte,” Mayor Vi Lyles explains.  Continue reading