Articles about Transportation

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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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Introducing 'Future Charlotte,' a podcast about our city's growth
   January 4, 2021
Ely Portillo

Charlotte is a city with growth embedded in its DNA, a community where striving to be "world-class" has both propelled us forward and papered over many disparities just beneath the surface. 

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Transit discussion doesn't center on moving people
   December 15, 2020
Ely Portillo

When it comes to the discussion about Charlotte’s proposed 1-cent transit and mobility sales tax increase, there’s been a lot more talk about moving up the socioeconomic ladder than moving around the city. 

So far, the public push for more funding hasn’t included specifics...

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Austin voters approve $7.1B transit plan. Is Charlotte next?
   November 10, 2020
Ely Portillo

When it comes to Charlotte’s transportation ambitions for the coming decades, the biggest question is simple: How will the city pay for it all?

Austin, Tex., could point to an answer. Voters there approved a $7.1 billion transit plan on Election Day this year, with 58% supporting the referendum. The plan will raise property taxes by about 4% to fund the city’s share of a major transit...

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A glimpse at Charlotte’s future from a piece of the past
   November 2, 2020
Ely Portillo

It probably wasn’t the setting Charlotte planners would have picked to unveil their vision for the future: A parking lot off Independence Boulevard, acres of scarred asphalt surrounded by a tangle of some of the city’s least pedestrian-friendly streets. 

But in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, an in-person event at a densely packed brewery along the light rail or in a tower...

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Charlotte expands bus rapid transit to a new corridor
   September 9, 2020
Ely Portillo

Charlotte City Council voted Tuesday to expand a pilot program for bus-only lanes onto a second, longer stretch of local roadway, in what could be a model for a more extensive reworking of the city’s bus system. 

Crews will soon begin work to restripe and reconfigure about 2.5 miles of Central Avenue from Eastway Drive to the former Eastland Mall site, converting one general-purpose...

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Can the city, county work together to solve transportation issues?
   August 26, 2020
Ely Portillo

“We cannot do this individually. If we try to attack these problems in our own lanes only, we will only succeed at failing.”

“Everything we embark on needs an intergovernmental framework and strategy to move forward.”

“We truly are breaking down silos that exist in government.”

That’s City Council members Tariq Bokhari, Braxton Winston and Matt Newton speaking Tuesday...

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