Lemons to lemonade, streetcar hopes: Foxx reflects

Then-Mayor Anthony Foxx at the launch of Charlotte's bike share program in 2012. Photo: Mary Newsom 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.

Bike-share and other changes arriving with light rail to UNCC

Blue Line light rail, extended to UNC Charlotte, will mean more options in an auto-centric part of the city. Photo: Charlotte Area Transit System 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. 

Is end near for Independence Blvd. transit debate?

Illustration of light rail along Independence Boulevard, looking east from the Wendover Road Intersection. Image: CATS 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. 

9 reasons to choose a bike-bus-train trip over a drive

Nobska Lighthouse on Cape Cod. Photo: Keihly Moore 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.

Expecting 400,000 new Charlotteans, CDOT projects $5B in transportation needs

Cyclists use the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Photo: Nancy Pierce 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.

Feds want metro transportation planning less fractured. Good luck with that.

I-77 traffic. Photo: Nancy Pierce Transportation planning in the greater Charlotte region is split among five planning groups. Will a federal push to consolidate make a difference?

The long, long path for one Charlotte greenway

Heavy equipment at construction site for Toby Creek Greenway Phase 2. Photo: Mary Newsom 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.  

Transforming the city’s streets ... for everyone

Janette Sadik-Khan in New York's Times Square, a portion of which has been closed to auto traffic to create plazas for pedestrians. Photo: Olugbenro Photography 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.

Bringing back the bus

Bus 1074 - Photo: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission 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.

Experts: SouthPark needs vision, stronger design and champions

Symphony Park at SouthPark. July 3, 2011. Photo: Nancy Pierce 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.