Paid parking for Uptown and South End starts Saturday (WCNC)

WCNC — Charlotte drivers will no longer have free on-street parking in Uptown and South End starting this weekend.  Beginning Saturday, March 25, drivers will have to pay to park in metered spaces in both areas. The current rate is $1.50 per hour for metered spaces. Paid Saturday parking was originally expected to start last September but was pushed back to March 2023 for further assessment of the public parking system.  Continue reading

‘Very sobering’: Local sustainability nonprofit responds to latest UN warning on climate crisis (QC News)

QC News – A final, dire warning, this week, a new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we need “transformational change” to tackle climate change. But the hope is we already have the solutions. Continue reading

Latest international climate report calls for local action

Read Sustain Charlotte's statement about the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report — and why we need to reduce our region's reliance on cars.  Continue reading

For $25, you can find parking in Charlotte on the Gold Line tracks or bike lanes (AXIOS)

Axios Charlotte -- Multiple times a month, Charlotte’s streetcar is delayed or must change its operations because a car is parked in its way.  Cyclists know this is a problem. They’ve always had drivers obstructing their routes. The fine for parking in a bike lane and blocking the Gold Line is the same: $25. Continue reading

Charlotte listed as ‘car-dependent’ city; ranks among worst places to be without a vehicle (WBTV)

WBTV -- Charlotte is a town with a lot of positives, but at least one website says not so fast. Money Inc. calls Charlotte one of the worst cities to live in if you don’t own a car, ranking the city at 20th in the nation. Despite the less-than-ideal rating for folks looking to get around, city leaders are working to address those mobility issues. Continue reading

Three community leaders share their thoughts on finding solutions in 2023

Ask anyone in Charlotte-Mecklenburg what issues are most important to them and you'll get a short list, things like the economy, the environment, housing and transportation. They're all areas where we face challenges. But what about solutions? I asked three Charlotte community leaders where they would start in 2023.   Continue reading

As Charlotte moves into the future with plans for more mobility options, where do e-scooters stand? (WCNC)

WCNC — Electric scooters are an easy and quick way to get around, but during the pandemic, there was a drop in ridership.  Now as Charlotte moves into the future, there are plans for more mobility options, but where do e-scooters stand? Continue reading

Environmental groups ask for plans after controversial city bus vote (WSOC)

WSOC — A rare tie-breaking vote cast by Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles ensures the city will not hit its goal of having an all-electric fleet by 2030. After a deadlocked 5-5 vote on Feb. 13, Lyles broke the tie to authorize the purchase of 30 new Charlotte Area Transit Authority buses. Of the 30 buses, 15 will be diesel-electric and 15 will be all-electric. Continue reading

OPINION: Road Widening Is Never the Answer (QC Nerve)

QC Nerve -- Mecklenburg County’s population is growing rapidly, and the transportation system isn’t keeping pace with the needs of the people who live and work here.  With the city pursuing a $13.5-billion transportation plan, there’s been much discussion locally around how that money could be best spent to make the most impact, including through road-widening projects. However, numerous examples from metropolitan areas across the country tell us that simply widening roads is not a long-term mobility solution. Continue reading

10 pedestrians were hit near 3 west Charlotte bus stops. How can the city make them safer? (WFAE)

WFAE -- One of the deadliest spots for pedestrians in west Charlotte is near a pair of bus stops a few miles north on Freedom Drive. These stops are separated by nine lanes of traffic, about 80 yards from where Freedom Drive intersects Ashley and Tuckaseegee Road. Continue reading