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Just when you thought CRTPO was going to do the right thing….

When the Technical Coordinating Committee recommends a vote to CRTPO, it’s usually a fait accompli: perfunctory, box checking, zero drama. Usually, unless it has to do with I-77 tolls. Two weeks ago we reported CRTPO was poised to approve a project list at their next meeting. That list included a general purpose lane project, a

Toll Lane Thickness Half of GP Lanes

The I-77 toll lanes will be constructed with about half the thickness of standard general purpose lanes.  According to the contract between NCDOT and Cintra, the general purpose lanes are currently 32 inches thick, including an aggregate base course and a subgrade.  In contrast, the toll lanes will be 17 inches thick, with no subgrade.

Plan B

Update: We received this from CRTPO Secretary Robert Cook: An article on your website entitled “Plan B” regarding the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) contains incorrect information. The CRTPO does not have a draft 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) out for public comment. Feedback is being sought on projects to be submitted to the

Writing the intent of the law out of the contract

Let’s say you make $91K per year. You’ve just ticked over into the 28% income tax bracket and you’ve got to mail the IRS a hefty check. But all of a sudden the IRS does you a huge favor: they raise the tax bracket.  In fact, they raise it by a factor of a thousand. 

No Surprise: CRTPO Approves Plan

Perhaps the biggest surprise last night was not Huntersville Commissioner Sarah McAulay voting “yes” for the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) that includes tolls, but that she made the motion to have it voted on in the first place. Prior to the vote, in a trembling and angry voice she read part of an email she

Widen I-77 Response to Cintra

Kurt Naas of Widen I-77 recently received a letter from Javier Tamargo, CEO of I-77 Mobility Partners, LLC accusing Widen I-77 of “false allegations.” A copy Tamargo’s letter is linked HERE and Widen I-77’s formal response is as follows: August 19, 2015 Dear Mr. Tamargo, We are in receipt of your August 11, 2015 letter. You have

Evidence that NCDOT swayed CRTPO Vote

In a series of emails obtained by Widen I77 it appears NCDOT timed a press release and worked behind the scenes to deliberately influence an important vote by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). The press release and follow up communications were calculated to make it seem as if financial close had already happened

How Cintra Makes Money

Editors note: the following has been sent to certain elected officials at the state level. It is based on publicly available information. I-77 Managed Lanes Project: North Carolina Liability & Developer Profit Summary If the I-77 managed lane project is built North Carolina taxpayers will pay $540 million in capital costs, operating subsidies and Developer

Help Eliminate the Governor’s Excuse

Now that the LKN towns, counties and businesses have voiced their opposition to the I-77 toll plan, Governor McCrory and NCDOT’s insistence on the project hangs off a single excuse: two years ago the regional planning board (Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization) voted for tolls. Through the end of July you can help eliminate that

UPDATE: NC Senate takes dead aim against Widen I-77

UPDATE July 2 The Senate today passed an amended version narrowing the awarding of attorney fees to lawsuits “based on environmental impact.”   Our case is not based on environmental impact, so the law does not apply to us. For those that emailed and called your legislators, thank you. For the Senators that made the