Charlotte Mobility Plan Centers Enhanced Multimodal Options and Economic Mobility

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The Charlotte, North Carolina City Council has approved a Strategic mobility plan which aims to improve transit options, reduce car driving, eliminate road deaths and increase the economic mobility of transit users. According to a article in Smart Cities Dive by Austyn Gaffney“This effort follows a 2014 study at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley that ranked Charlotte last among the nation’s 50 largest commuting areas for intergenerational or economically upward mobility.”

“[At-large city council member Braxton Winston] said the next step for community input would be to identify and prioritize individual projects that meet the plan’s goals. Meanwhile, the city needs state-level support to levy a new tax to support the plan, which does not yet have dedicated funding sources.

Alvaro Villagran, director of federal programs for the Shared-Use Mobility Center, “said Charlotte’s program follows a general trend of cities moving away from a highway- or street-centric transportation management perspective toward a integration of shared mobility options such as public transport, electric vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians The plan includes a target to move to a 50-50 modal split, where half or less of trips are made by a single passenger vehicle According to Villagran, “rather than just deterring cars, he said, communities need to make alternative modes of mobility realistic options for residents.”

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