Articles about Transportation

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Regional transit plan soon to be finalized
   September 8, 2021
Ely Portillo

Leaders in the Charlotte region are finalizing the details of the first coordinated transit plan to go well beyond the city limits, a document they hope to adopt this fall. 

Connect Beyond, a 12-county initiative led by the Charlotte Area Transit System and the Centralina Regional Council, will release its full report on Monday. The ...

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Part 1: How the Blue Line Extension changed Charlotte development
   September 7, 2021

Nathan Griffin

The pandemic has transformed so much about the world, including how we work, where we work, and how we commute. As a result of these shifts, Charlotte area transit use has fallen to less than 50% of pre-pandemic levels.

And while debates continue on whether these effects are permanent or temporary, city planners are pushing for transit expansion.

The ambitious “Charlotte Moves...

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Overcoming the 'stigma' of riding the bus
   August 23, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story was originally published in the Transit Time newsletter, which is produced in partnership between the Charlotte Urban Institute, the Charlotte Ledger and WFAE. Find out more and ...

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What impact will ‘disruptive innovations’ have on Charlotte’s transportation system?
   July 28, 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. ...

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A regional transit plan takes shape, but questions remain
   July 22, 2021
Ely Portillo

Charlotte-area leaders released their preliminary recommendations Thursday for how to build the region’s first unified transit system, but they’ll keep wrestling with what could be the thorniest issue: How to pay for it. 

The Connect Beyond initiative, a joint project between the Charlotte Area Transit System and the Centralina Regional...

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Charlotte’s transit future comes into focus, but big questions remain
   June 29, 2021
Ely Portillo

After the City Council narrowly approved the 2040 plan, Charlotte leaders are turning from questions of how we grow to another key part of the city’s future: how we move around. 

Ambitious transit plans that call for a new sales tax funding the Silver Line east-west light rail, the stalled Red Line to...

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Charlotte's back to work conundrum: where to park, and how to grow?
   June 24, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story is part of Transit Time, a joint production of The Charlotte Ledger, UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute, and WFAE. Learn more here, and subscribe to get weekly updates on how the Charlotte region moves. 

With smaller employers returning to the office and the big banks bringing...

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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 increasing physical separation of inner city residents from job opportunities, as suburbs boomed and employers dispersed away from urban cores. As Black...

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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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