TRANSPORTATION

Oct 24, 2017
Can a suburban area be truly green? One city in Germany offers lessons in building a family-friendly environment with a small carbon footprint. Commentary.
Aug 01, 2017
Bike sharing has arrived at UNC Charlotte. The program launched with 100 bikes at 10 campus locations.
Jun 30, 2017
In addition to studying how to accommodate growing ethnic diversity – needed in many cities, not just Houston and Charlotte – there’s another lesson Houston might hold for Charlotte: Finding the money to build out an ambitious greenway plan. They call them bayous. We call them creeks. But both...
Jun 07, 2017
This interactive map takes you on a virtual visit along the proposed Cross Charlotte Trail, with photos, updates on construction, little-known facts and information on plans for the future.
May 17, 2017
A proposed new bicycle plan for Charlotte hits the mark in many ways. But without dedicated funding, will it be merely a feel-good exercise? Commentary. 
May 09, 2017
Charlotte joins cities around the world in adopting a Vision Zero goal that aims to cut traffic deaths and serious injuries. 
Mar 29, 2017
At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.
Mar 28, 2017
With surveys showing plenty of Charlotteans would bicycle more if they felt safer, city planners propose two better-protected bike routes through uptown. 
Mar 13, 2017
When more people bicycle, we all win – even those who never ride. Diving into the results from a Charlotte bicycling survey offers clues to some existing inequities. Commentary.
Mar 06, 2017
A new initiative is using prizes as incentive to encourage people to reduce single-occupancy trips by car. The project runs March 1-Oct. 31.
Feb 22, 2017
The City of Charlotte wants public reaction to the draft of its updated bicycle plan. Here’s how you can add your voice.
Jan 19, 2017
Should the regional transit commission take on operating costs for the Charlotte streetcar? Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx makes that suggestion in an interview while reflecting on his tenure as U.S. transportation secretary.
Nov 30, 2016
Light rail to the UNC Charlotte campus will transform transportation options in the area, from parking to buses to an on-campus bike-share program that debuts next year. 
Oct 11, 2016
A years-long debate over where to locate the county’s still-unfunded southeast transit corridor – the Silver Line – may be ending this month. But one huge problem remains. 
Sep 20, 2016
One recent weekend we took a driving trip from Boston to the coast. The next day we took a trip to the same area, using trains, bikes and buses. Afterward, I realized how different the two journeys had been. Commentary.
Sep 12, 2016
By 2040 Charlotte will grow by 400,000 people, city transportation planners project. How can Charlotte handle all the new daily trips? A 25-year plan would spend $5 billion.
Sep 07, 2016
Transportation planning in the greater Charlotte region is split among five planning groups. Will a federal push to consolidate make a difference?
Jun 20, 2016
Beset by funding gaps, a recession and other delays, the second phase of the Toby Creek Greenway near UNC Charlotte is finally underway 18 years after the first plans were drawn.  
Apr 26, 2016
Street Fight, a new book about New York’s efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle amenities, is also relevant to Charlotte or any city feeling the tension between today’s auto-addicted culture and a growing chorus wanting more balance in the transportation system.
Apr 01, 2016
Bus 1074, one of GM's “New Look” buses that debuted in Charlotte in 1972, has found new life, thanks to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
Mar 24, 2016
Most of the ideas about SouthPark from a group of out-of-town development experts were what you’d hope to hear: create connections, try public-private partnerships, build a better public realm. But a few comments might raise questions or even baffle some Charlotteans. Commentary.
Mar 03, 2016
Two new, high-visibility bicycling campaigns rolled out this week, each an attempt to get more Charlotteans riding—and with more support from the city. The most obvious will be an Open Streets event this spring. 
Jan 20, 2016
Could Charlotte’s SouthPark mall area grow into a place of city-style rather than suburban-style neighborhoods? UNC Charlotte graduate students envision a different look for the area.
Jan 12, 2016
The political and community debate over Interstate 77 raises a larger question: whether we as a region can move beyond a “business as usual” approach in seeking solutions and instead embrace new concepts about how we live and how we choose to travel around our region. Commentary.
Dec 08, 2015
The street beside uptown's new First Ward Park has plenty of parking but no bike lanes. What does that signal about the city's commitment to improved bicycling infrastructure? Commentary.
Dec 02, 2015
It’s been six weeks since “complete streets” advocate Gil Penalosa arrived in Charlotte for a visit and multiple presentations. And I got a sense that an important corner had been turned for this city built primarily for cars. Commentary
Nov 30, 2015
In what local preservationists call a major victory, a century-old depot—the deteriorating relic of a lost era of Charlotte-Gastonia passenger rail—will be moved a short distance and repaired.
Nov 12, 2015
Can Charlotte do a better job of making its humble bus stops a bit less humble? A Charlotte city official is posing that question, and working to bring some comfortable swings to bus stops on Central Avenue.
Aug 26, 2015
When SouthPark mall was built decades ago, it was a suburban shopping mall at the edge of the city. Today it's a booming area with new, mixed-use projects. So why doesn't it feel more like an urban place? Six tips for how to transform SouthPark. Commentary.
Aug 10, 2015
Can’t wait for the Blue Line Extension? Watch it grow, in this photo slideshow of construction along the 9.3-mile, $1.16 billion light rail project that will link UNC Charlotte to uptown Charlotte, South End and all the way to I-485.
Jul 28, 2015
Since I celebrated the launch of Charlotte’s streetcar I’ve cringed as the news media got it wrong and people made fun of it. If more people understood its value to neglected areas and to the whole city’s future, more people would support it. Commentary.
Jul 23, 2015
When the final leg of I-485 opened in June, motorists cheered its unclogged lanes. But a look at traffic count data for the outerbelt segments that opened 20 years ago in south Mecklenburg indicates that unclogged lanes may be a temporary condition.
Jul 14, 2015
The building of I-485 was one of the forces shaping Mecklenburg County growth patterns over a quarter century. Some areas near I-485 grew more than 1,000 percent. Our interactive map shows 30 years of population growth in Mecklenburg and nearby counties.
Jul 08, 2015
Charlotte leaders have been talking about the outerbelt, Interstate 485, for decades. While most residents were concerned primarily with what it would mean for drive times, planners and others spent time contemplating the highway's effect on the area's growth. A sampling of comments over the years.
Jul 08, 2015
I-485’s last segment opened June 5, but for two decades its route lured development. A look at the road's past, with a map showing how it shaped Mecklenburg County growth patterns since the 1980s.
Jun 19, 2015
When asked whether I support the I-77 toll lane, my response is yes, but it won’t make a difference. Extra lanes will fill with more cars. We should be discussing mobility, not just highways. Commentary.
Jun 18, 2015
A 21st-century writer is walking the route explorer John Lawson took in 1700-01 through the Carolinas, including now-much-altered Charlotte. 
Apr 09, 2015
Public health expert Richard Jackson thinks it’s time to stop blaming individuals for the U.S. obesity problem. The problem, he says, is more systemic, including the auto-centric design of daily life and easy access to high-sugar and high-fat food.
Feb 24, 2015
Is tactical urbanism gaining a toehold in Charlotte? Recent events bode well. (Commentary)
Feb 23, 2015
I’ve long had a question about the nature of uptown Charlotte. Why do Charlotte's uptown blocks look more like "diamonds” than “squares"?
Jan 14, 2015
Since the late 1990s, Charlotte has experienced a major policy shift toward creating more walkable streets. Things are improving, but the city still faces significant challenges: a legacy of our decades of auto-oriented development. Commentary.
Nov 13, 2014
Charlotte's bicycling community has seen indications of an evolving bicycle culture and strong public support. It is time for the city to collect the data needed to understand and build on these trends. (Commentary)
Nov 12, 2014
Charlotte’s transportation department is launching – again – an initiative to highlight pedestrian needs and improve policies. In the past year the city landed on some not-so-flattering lists ranking walkability.
Oct 29, 2014
The town of Lincolnton, population 10,500, is making it easier for manufacturers to come to town, since the textile industry has left industrial sites vacant. The installment of “Talk of the Towns” interviews Lincolnton Planning Director Laura Simmons.
Oct 29, 2014
With more people cycling in Charlotte, a movement is emerging to make the Queen City into a more bicycle-friendly city. A couple of community conversations, to encourage wider discussion about cycling, are planned in the next few months.
Oct 07, 2014
The first decade of growth on the lake had been slow—a cluster of cabins here and a marina there. The lack of infrastructure and the distance from major population centers kept growth in check.
Sep 16, 2014
What would happen if Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte sprouted a series of small parklets? You can find out on Friday.
Sep 15, 2014
Could Charlotte compete with Copenhagen as the happiest and most livable city in the world? What would it take? (Image Wikimedia Commons/Heb)
Sep 10, 2014
When the Blue Line Extension is finished, Mecklenburg's transit agency will have no more money to build the rest of the 2030 transit plan. And, warns Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, even today’s transit funding may be at risk. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Aug 27, 2014
It was back-to-school week last week at UNC Charlotte, the 1,000-acre campus that sits in the heart of University City, an area that - if it were a separate municipality - would be North Carolina's sixth largest city. What challenges is it facing? (Photo: Martin Zimmerman)