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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Charlotte residents, tomorrow November 4th is Election Day! As Charlotte's population continues to grow, it's critical that we not only maintain our existing infrastructure, but also improve our streets, trails, neighborhoods, and housing to meet the needs of current and future residents.
We hope you've heard about the three bonds that will be on your ballot tomorrow. If not, this post will help you understand the basics and where to find more information. Each bond will be presented separately, and we encourage you to vote 'Yes' for all of them. We're sharing the following information from the Vote Yes For City Bonds website to help you make an informed decision at the polls.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more