Transit and transportation: What’s the path forward in growing Charlotte?

A railyard with trains
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Virtual Event

Hundreds of thousands more residents, billions of dollars, and millions of cumulative hours per year stuck in traffic: That’s some of what’s at stake in the fight for Charlotte’s transit and transportation future. 

But with the city’s $13.5 billion Charlotte MOVES plan stalled at the station, what’s the best path forward for our community, and our region? And what’s the best way to invest — greenways, bicycle paths, road expansions, buses, new trains, or all the above? 

Finally — and perhaps most importantly — how can Charlotte meet its goals for a more equitable community as we invest in transit options that policy makers hope will make it not just easier for people to move around, but to move up the economic ladder as well. Join us to talk about all this and more on Oct. 20 in the second Schul Conversation, a free, virtual panel discussion hosted by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.

What: A virtual conversation about transit and transportation in Charlotte, and where we should spend limited dollars. You’ll be able to ask questions about these issues.

When: Join us at noon on Oct. 20 for the hour-long program.

Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Who: The panelists will include Jason Lawrence, director of planning for the Charlotte Area Transit System; Dr. Elizabeth Delmelle, associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and is the director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics program at the University of Pennsylvania; and Meg Fencil, director of engagement and impact at Sustain Charlotte. The moderator will be Ely Portillo, director of research engagement at the Charlotte Urban Institute.

How: Register online using the form below.

This virtual conversation is part of the lead-up to the Schul Forum on November 17, at the Dubois Center in uptown Charlotte. Dr. Karen Chapple, a nationally known researcher who has studied transit, gentrification and displacement, will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 forum. Chapple is Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, as well as Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she led the Urban Displacement Project.