Category Archives: Opinion

Even if Toll Lanes Are Successful…

The following was submitted by William Rakatansky, former Cornelius Commissioner. There’s been a lot of discussion about whether the proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on Interstate 77 will have any meaningful effect on congestion.  In order to bring some clarity to this issue, let’s look at toll lanes both in the short- and long-term.

I-77 Charrette More of a Charade

The following letter appeared in this week’s Huntersville Herald in the Opinion section. I-77 Charrette More of a Charade Editor, A citizen information meeting billed by Mayor Jill Swain as a charrette on the HOT lanes was held last Wednesday at the Huntersville town hall. Charrettes are organized to encourage the participation of all. That

An Open Letter to the Lake Norman Citizen

Dear Lake Norman Citizen- Over the past several weeks we’ve made an earnest effort to bring the HOT lane issue to the public’s attention.  We’ve cited references extensively, shown where our numbers come from and freely admit it when we don’t know something. Yet you continue to pillory a citizen’s group that has no other

The Lake Norman Citizen vs Objective Reporting

Hello Neighbor- If you’re like me, there’s few times in your life when you have first-hand knowledge of an event that gets reported in the news.  There’s even fewer times when a journalist reveals how he feels about an organization that’s been in the news.  And at least for me, there’s never been a time

Sacrifices Made to the HOT Lane Monster

As any I-77 commuter knows, the problems with I-77 start around exit 23, where four lanes cram into two.  Exits 23, 25 and 28 add approximately 11,000 vehicles per day.  So the first phase in any proposed solution should focus on adding a lane from exit 23 to exit 28. That’s only five miles of

No money to widen I-77? Talk to Huntersville.

Two weeks ago, Huntersville Transportation Planner Bill Coxe proclaimed loudly and publicly that the only way I-77 would be widened is with HOT lanes.  In fact, he was willing to bet $10,000 of his own money on it. When I met with Bill last month, he estimated the cost of adding a lane in either