Articles about Transportation

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Poverty suburbanization and job access: A new study tests ‘spatial mismatch’
   June 16, 2021
Ely Portillo

Does where you live — and what jobs you have access to — influence whether you work, and how much you earn?

The long-held “spatial mismatch” theory posits that inner city unemployment and poverty has been driven in large part by the fact increasing physical separation of inner city residents from job opportunities, as suburbs boomed and employers dispersed away from urban cores. As...

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Buses eyed as the key to regional transit system
   June 8, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story is part of the Transit Time newsletter, a partnership between the Urban Institute, the Charlotte Ledger and WFAE. Find out more and subscribe here

If you want to know what the future of a regional transit...

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Are bus-only lanes a key part of Charlotte’s transit future?
   May 14, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story is part of the Transit Time newsletter, a partnership between the Urban Institute, the Charlotte Ledger and WFAE. Find out more and subscribe here

For six months, commuters and residents near Central Avenue in east Charlotte faced an unfamiliar sight: “BUS...

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Instead of just increasing supply, planners look to manage transportation demand
   April 28, 2021
Ely Portillo

When it comes to transportation and transit needs, people usually think of increasing the supply: Adding more lanes, building more rail lines, buying more buses.

What about lowering or shifting demand, instead? That was the topic Wednesday for a group focused on regional transportation needs and expanding transit choices.

“The term ‘transportation demand management’ simply...

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Officials: Charlotte can’t meet its bus system needs without more revenue
   April 8, 2021
Ely Portillo

In Charlotte’s new transit and mobility plans, multibillion-dollar light rail lines tend to get most of the attention. But the delay in a planned 1-cent sales tax referendum is having a big effect on another, less flashy part of the system that actually carries many more riders: Buses.

The Charlotte Area Transit System has been trying to reverse falling bus ridership and...

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Report: Charlotte’s streets are dangerous for pedestrians
   March 30, 2021
Ely Portillo

It’s increasingly dangerous for people to walk in the Charlotte area, according to a new, annual report – a trend that’s mirrored in almost every city nationwide.

Dangerous by Design,” published by Smart Growth America, uses federal data to rank metro areas by pedestrian fatalities. The Charlotte region ranked as the 34...

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Growing congestion, empty tracks: Why there's still no Red Line to North Meck
   March 29, 2021
Mary Newsom

A set of almost deserted railroad tracks runs from uptown Charlotte through Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. In fast-growing, highly congested north Mecklenburg, people see those tracks and ask: Why not use them for mass transit?

For more than 20 years, that’s what the county’s transit plan has proposed: Use the tracks for a commuter rail service called the Red Line. Yet no...

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Plans for the Silver Line are taking shape
   January 26, 2021
Ely Portillo

The multibillion dollar Silver Line light rail is years away, but Charlotte is moving closer to a final vision for the east-west transit line that could reshape much of Charlotte.

This week, the Charlotte Area Transit System presented a more detailed map of the proposed routes and stops. It’s an ambitious undertaking: At roughly 26 miles, the Silver Line would be nearly twice as long...

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Charlotteans got 46 hours back from traffic last year
   January 20, 2021
Ely Portillo

It’s obvious that there were a lot fewer cars on the road last year, as we worked from home, kept kids out of school and stopped driving to sports games, concerts and dinners with friends. But you still might be surprised just how much time Charlotte drivers recovered from congestion: Nearly two full days.

That’s according to the 2020 Traffic Index from ...

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Autonomous vehicles, flying taxis and...buses? Balancing present and future needs
   January 14, 2021
Ely Portillo

How do you plan for the future and dream big while attending to the pressing needs of the day?

It’s a question that came up pointedly during Charlotte City Council’s annual planning retreat this week. With 385,000 people projected to move to Charlotte over the next couple decades, the city is grappling with increasing congestion and questions about how we’ll move around the community...

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