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Still stuck on Interstate 77? Survey wants your transportation ideas
Study wants suggestions on alternatives
 
Published Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization has launched an online study to develop alternative transportation in the Interstate 77 corridor between Statesville, N.C. and Rock Hill, S.C.
 

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There’s an opportunity to sound off about getting around the Interstate 77 corridor.


Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization has launched Beyond 77, an online study aimed to develop alternative transportation on the 68-mile ribbon of asphalt from Statesville to Rock Hill, South Carolina. The goal is to identify with long- term options to improve mobility.

“We are thrilled that more than 11,500 residents have already taken the time to share their opinions and current travel experiences with us,” CRTPO Project Manager Agustin Rodriguez said. “Such a high volume of community responses coupled with robust data analysis from our engineers and planners helps inform the best alternative transportation solutions for our region.”

 

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The short questionnaire, which is at www.Beyond77.com will be used to evaluate existing mobility issues and determine resident’s travel preferences and priorities. Early responses show

• 45% of respondents said connecting major thoroughfares bordering I-77 would allow them to use I-77 less and improve their travel experience.

• 55% said they strongly agree or agree that when evaluating transportation solutions, the region should prioritize bus, rail, bike and pedestrian walkways.

• 68% said the alternative transportation they would feel most comfortable using is the Lynx light rail.

• 50% chose taxes as the vehicle they prefer to use when paying for transportation improvements. A fuel tax is their favored method.

The study is coordinated by the CRTPO in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It will roll out in phases to be completed in September 2021.

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