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Do toll lanes really cut congestion?

PART 1 of 2 By Kate Martin/Carolina Public Press North Carolina, like many other states, has gambled on toll roads as a way to reduce congestion. While a relatively recent addition to the state’s highways, some estimates say toll roads in the Triangle and Charlotte areas are drawing more drivers than officials initially predicted. So, […]

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Race to finish toll lanes is on; shoulder work begins in 2020

By Dave Vieser.  As motorists who ride I-77 already know, there’s plenty of work left to be done on the toll lane project, most especially on the segment between Exit 23  in Huntersville and I-277. Even the open segment between Exits 23 and 36 still requires quite a bit of final paving. Cintra, aka I-77 […]

Puckett will run for his old seat on Meck County Board of Commissioners

​July 29. Jim Puckett, the well-known District 1 Mecklenburg County Commissioner, who lost his re-election campaign last year, says he will go after his old seat next year. The president of Electro Painters was exploring a run for Lt. Governor or NC Commissioner of Labor, but ​”​with the recent irrational and indefensible actions of the Mecklenburg County […]

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Toll lanes open with little traffic, little fanfare

June 3. At 8:30 am Monday, traffic was flowing freely at Exit 28 on down to Westmoreland, while hardly any vehicles were traveling southbound in the Express/Toll lanes. After 3 1/2 years of construction, the first stretch of toll lanes is open on a work day. The toll lanes are open from Exit 36 in […]

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I-77 advisors express frustration over lack of progress

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. Frustrated members of the I-77 Local Advisory Group voiced their concerns loud and clear at the conclusion of their 90 minute meeting with the NCDOT: “Tell us where the obstacles are that are preventing the I 77 toll lane contract from being canceled.” The meeting was billed as an update […]

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Uber, Lyft take their toll on mass transit use

    May 14. By Dave Vieser. The Northlake Airport Connector bus has been given a reprieve. With ​Mecklenburg County cutting the subsidy for the Airport Connector Express Route from Northlake Mall to ​the airport, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) was considering eliminating the 14-mile route, which carries, among others, workers to and from CLT. ​There […]

I-77 Advisory Group seems to settle on 1 toll lane, 1 GP lane

May 10. By Dave Vieser. In a meeting which consumed barely more than one hour, the members of the I77 Local Advisory Group voiced nearly universal agreement to complete the current construction, then to modify the I-77 expansion in Mecklenburg County from two toll lanes to one general purpose lane and one toll lane. The […]

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I-77 Advisory meeting moved to May 10

The next meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group, originally scheduled for April 30, has been moved to Thursday May 10, from 1-3 pm. It will be held at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in Cornelius. DOT Secretary James Trogdon was recently requested to make a presentation to the state legislature on April 30, according to […]

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Lynx Red Line study gets green light from MTC

March 28. UPDATED. By Melissa Atherton. The Metropolitan Transit Committee (MTC) voted 8-1 Wednesday to proceed with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) North Commuter Line Study. The vote was a defeat for Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla who wanted to see the money spent on “real help, right now” for congestion in North Mecklenburg. Mayors […]

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Was possibility of cancelling I-77 contract falsely reassuring?

Feb. 15. By Dave Yochum. ANALYSIS. The second meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group got under way with former Chamber Chair Mike Russell announcing that there were emergency exits on either side of a packed meeting room. “Just don’t take 77,” Chamber CEO Bill Russell interjected. It was a touch of dark humor at the […]

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