Category Archives: Local Politics

UPDATE 1/7 Widen I-77 Files Motion to Stay

UPDATE: Judge Smith will hear our Motion to Stay as the first order of business tomorrow. PLEASE KEEP YOUR PLANS TO BE IN COURT TOMORROW. Same time and place. If the motion is denied, oral arguments will proceed as originally scheduled. Mecklenburg County Courthouse 832 East Fourth Street Charlotte, NC Courtroom 6170 10am, January 8,

Feds: Tell Us What You Think of CRTPO

At yesterday’s  toll summit the NCDOT repeated the Governor’s mantra: he won’t cancel the contract unless the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) directs him to. Charlotte’s lone delegate counts for 46% of the CRTPO vote, so Charlotte decides on 50 years of tolls through Lake Norman…and Charlotte didn’t even bother to attend the meeting. Clearly, CRTPO is broken but they’ve

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

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

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

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

LKN Chamber: Cancel the Toll Contract

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce today released a resolution requesting “the planned 50 year toll contract for I-77 between NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners be terminated by NCDOT and the widening of I-77 with general purpose lanes begin as soon as reasonably possible.” A couple of weeks ago the CoC sent out a survey

Huntersville: Widen I-77 tells “outright lies”

At tonight’s board meeting in Huntersville a packed house witnessed the bizarre spectacle of a majority of Commissioners and the Mayor venting their hatred of a citizen’s group. Perhaps no charge was more damning (as well as flat wrong) than Commissioner Sarah MacAulay’s accusation that Widen I-77 members are “accepting private and public donations” so

Carpoolers without transponder will be charged toll

For years now we’ve been told that one of the benefits of the I-77 toll lanes is they will encourage carpooling because vehicles with three or more occupants can use the lanes for free. NCDOT’s website proclaims: Speaking of free, there are several ways you can use the express lanes without spending a dime. The

Huntersville Board to Hold Special Session on Toll Resolution

Following on the heels of a Cornelius resolution passed last week the Huntersville town board will hold a special meeting this Monday, May 11 at 5pm at Huntersville Town Hall to discuss a tolling resolution. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a resolution regarding NCDOT’s amending the draft tolling agreement.  Huntersville’s resolution expresses