Transportation

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Here's a riddle: Imagine two roads in Charlotte, one in the north, one in the south. Both have four lanes and plenty of rush hour traffic, but one has streetlights while the other doesn't. Seem weird?

An architect's drawing of the proposed Charlotte Gateway Station on West Trade Street.
Charlotte Area Transit System

Charlotte Area Transit System and NCDOT have lined up funding and nearly completed design work on the on the planned Charlotte Gateway Station uptown.  Planning for the  project began more than a decade ago. The idea is to put passenger rail, the Gold Line streetcar and local and intercity buses in one place.

I-77 exit 28 in Cornelius
David Boraks / WFAE

NCDOT says it's months away from a deciding whether to act on consultant’s report on whether to cancel, revise or keep a contract to build toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. That’s leaving some wondering if the DOT will act before the toll lanes are finished next year.

Exit 23 on I-77 toll lane construction
David Boraks / WFAE

The debate over optional toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville has played out in court, in local elections, and at the Statehouse over the past few years. Now, the lanes are taking shape.

Traffic on I-77 near Lake Norman
David Boraks / WFAE

A bill calling on NCDOT to cancel a contract to build toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte has died in the state Senate.

David Boraks / WFAE

Alternative fuel vehicles are showing up more often on the roads these days, as some drivers look for eco-friendly ways to get around. Hybrids and electric cars are fast enough for the highway. But what if you want something simpler? I recently had a chance to test drive an ELF - an electric assisted bicycle made here in North Carolina.

David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System will shut down the Lynx Blue Line light rail for two weekends over the next month for construction and repairs.  Blue Line trains won’t be running on Saturdays and Sundays, April 30-May 1, and May 7-8.

It’s the first complete shutdown since the Blue Line opened in 2007, CATS CEO John Lewis said Monday.

David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

Local officials  are discussing how to save the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, after three of the four member towns voted to withdraw.

Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville founded the commission eight years ago to lobby for transportation improvements in the rapidly growing Lake Norman area. Davidson Mayor John Woods says it has worked:

David Boraks / WFAE

Regional leaders Wednesday night reaffirmed a policy of using toll lanes to expand highways in the Charlotte area. The vote by the Charlotte Regional transportation Planning Organization effectively clears the way for tolls on I-77, and for work on expansion of the highway to begin in earnest.

David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

Candidate filing is over and the fields are set for the 2016 elections in North Carolina. For some voters north of Charlotte, one issue rises above all others: the NCDOT’s plan for toll lanes on I-77. How will it affect results? WFAE’s David Boraks talked to voters and experts.  

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