Transportation Choices Alliance

Welcome to the Transportation Choices Alliance!

The mission of the Transportation Choices Alliance is to increase transportation choices, and their use, throughout the Charlotte region to improve traffic, air quality, public health, mobility, and the economy. More transportation choices means more safe and convenient opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, ride a bike, or walk.

Here are some of the things you can do while visiting our website: become a member, spread the word about this website, sign a statement of support, learn about sustainable transportation options in Greater Charlotte, read and comment on our blog, check out upcoming events, and more!

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    Local leaders approve transportation projects for 2016 to 2025

    At the August meeting of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), delegates from throughout Mecklenburg, Union, and Iredell Counties approved a list of transportation projects that will receive state funding between 2016 and 2025.

    Sustain Charlotte's Education + Outreach Director, Meg Fencil, read portions of a joint letter submitted to the CRTPO by members of the Transportation Choices Alliance on July 31. Check out that letter and the CRTPO's response here.

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    Map of the CRTPO region (Image: CRTPO.org)

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    TCA Members Comment on Proposed Charlotte Area Transportation Projects

    This July, residents of Mecklenburg, Union, and Iredell Counties had the opportunity to comment on transportation projects proposed for state funding by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). At a time when the state transportation funding process has become very data driven, it's more important than ever for residents to voice their support for transportation projects that meet the needs of our rapidly developing region.

    Sustain Charlotte staff wrote a letter in support of more funding for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit projects. We invited all individual and organizational members of the Transportation Choices Alliance to sign it, and submitted the joint letter below on July 31. 

    **Click here to read the CRTPO's response to these comments.**

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    Sustain Charlotte Hosts Youth Sustainable Transportation Fair

    Last Friday, Sustain Charlotte transformed west Charlotte's Arbor Glen Outreach Center into an exciting forum of hands-on learning about sustainable transportation. About 100 youth ages 7 to 14 rotated among six stations hosted by Charlotte area nonprofits and government departments. At each station, volunteers led a different learning activity to educate the youth about safe and sustainable transportation.

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    Sustain Charlotte board member Norman Spencer assisted with a map exercise.

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    Transportation and Poverty: What's the link?

    Mecklenburg County is the second worst large U.S. County for upward social mobility of children born into poverty. Yet, Charlotte has the second fastest population growth among large U.S. cities. This is very troubling. Even as our metro area attracts unprecedented growth, our own children are slipping further and further behind the rest of the nation. And it's not just children born into poverty. Even children from average and upper income Mecklenburg households lag the national average in annual earnings when they become adults. 

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    Mecklenburg County is the 2nd worse large U.S. County for upward mobility of children born in poverty. (Source: NY Times) 

    Transportation certainly isn't the only factor that determines economic mobility, but it is incredibly impactful. An article in today's NY Times titled "Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty" reports that the impact of transportation on social mobility is stronger than several other factors, like crime, elementary-school test scores or the percentage of two-parent families in a community.

    The study emphasized the strong link between availability of public transit and income. The researchers compared neighborhoods by accessibility to mass transit and the number of jobs within an hour’s commute. Residents of the areas least well-served by mass transit relied on personal vehicles. Areas in the middle third — those with some, but insufficient, access to transportation — had the highest rates of unemployment and the lowest incomes, the study found.

    The problem is, it's not always an easy task to raise public awareness of the tightly interwoven links between transportation and quality of life.  In my outreach role for Sustain Charlotte, I'm often asked to identify the most critical sustainability challenge that Charlotte neighborhoods are facing. I often see puzzled looks when I answer, "Transportation." The well-intentioned asker of the question often follows up with a variant of: "But aren't they facing...you know, more urgent challenges like safety, or poor health, or poverty, or polluted streams?"

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    Air quality standards likely to become stricter soon

    Air quality in our region has improved, but coming changes will likely put Mecklenburg County out of compliance with more stringent standards. At the April 2 Technical Coordinating Committee of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Megan Green of Mecklenburg County Air Quality presented information about a proposal by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to a value between 65-70 parts per billion (ppb). The current standard, set in 2008, is 75 ppb. The new standard would be approved by October 1.

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     Yikes! Mecklenburg County has the highest ground-level ozone in the state.

    Source: http://daq.state.nc.us/planning/ozone/

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