Transportation is a big issue in Charlotte - so is funding it. Officials are exploring financing options for the really big, really expensive 2030 Transit Plan. As a result of the recession, there is a $3 billion gap in funding for the long-term plan that has left some, like Charlotte City Council member David Howard to claim "if we don’t do something different, this 2030 or 2035 Plan is going to be more like a 2080 Plan." He is Committee Co-Chair, along with Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain of a 30-member transit funding working group formed at the behest of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (who has been nominated as Transportation Secretary) to explore possible options to help fund $4 billion worth of projects. They join us to share their findings. The future and funding challenges of Charlotte's transit plan, when Charlotte Talks.
Carolyn Flowers - CEO of CATS
David Howard - Charlotte City Councilman and Committee Co-Chair of the Transit funding working group
Jill Swain - Mayor of the Town of Huntersville and Committee Co-Chair of the Transit funding working group
- The Transit Working Group will present their recommendations to the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) Wednesday (tonight) May 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 267 of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC), 600 E. 4th Street. Open to the public. MTC details and meeting summaries.