Sources: DOT.gov, Bloomberg News, Charlotte Center City.org, Youtube
~ Charlotte, North Carolina - Integrated Land Use and Transit Planning
Problem to Be Addressed
Objectives of Project
Summary of Project
Type of Funding Used for Project / Plan
- South Corridor: $463 million (47% Federal, 25% State, 28% local sales tax).
- SCIP: $50 million funded through government-issued bonds.
- Smart Growth Fund (for South Corridor): $5 million revolving fund to purchase and assemble land around transit station.
- General funds.
Population Served and Modes Served
Integrated Land Use and Transit Planning Key Events and Activities
- 14 miles of sidewalks
- 1.5 miles of multi-use trails
- 10 miles of bicycle lanes
- 8 miles of street widening
- 7 streetscape improvement projects
- 27 intersection improvements
Other Related Initiatives
|F||Increase transportation choices|
|P||Promote affordable housing|
|F||Enhance economic competitiveness|
|F||Support existing communities|
|P||Coordinate Federal policies and leverage investment|
|F||Value communities and neighborhoods|
F: Fully Supports
Perspectives on Implementing the Project and Its Impacts
- Draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the rest of the five corridors has been completed.
- Preliminary engineering for the Northeast Corridor is underway and scheduled to be completed in 2010.
- The city is awaiting MTC's decision whether to advance the Northeast Corridor and/or the North Corridor for applying to FTA for funding.
Applicability of Lessons Learned to Other Projects or Challenges
- Transit Project and Community Building. The joint authorship and ownership of the transit project across various city departments (transit agency, planning, economic development, and transportation) provided a learning opportunity for everyone, broadening the perspective of each department's focus so that transportation is taken as a consideration but not the only driver of community goals. In the end, the transit project became a community-building project and not simply a mobility project.
- Integrated Transit and Land Use Planning. The project is a great example of a regional land use vision that called for phased transit investment to support sustainable growth. The decision to build transit was coupled with complementary land use planning, strategic infrastructure investment, and transit-supportive policies and regulations to ensure the success of the transit project (from a ridership standpoint) and realize the community vision.
Roles of MPOs / DOTs and Policy / Plan Outcomes
For More InformationSources and Other Resources:
- Danny Pleasant, Director, Charlotte Department of Transportation
- Laura Harmon, Assistant Director – Planning Services, Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department
- Tina Votaw, TOD Specialist, Charlotte Area Transit System
- Tom Warshauer, Community and Commerce Manager, Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services