CHARLOTTE, NC (May 22, 2017) – Charlotte City Council took action Monday to move forward on the Charlotte Gateway Station (CGS) project.
When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced the TIGER grant in 2015, he urged the city and region to move forward with the project, and to break ground in 18 months. This statement was a challenge to the community, not a definitive timetable.
Monday's request for council action (RCA) approved the necessary agreements for the city to accept the TIGER grant, and for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to move forward with the initial construction/utility relocation of Phases 1A and 1B of CGS.
At a November 2016 public meeting, CATS projected the completion of Phase 1 of the project, which includes construction of tracks, bridges and the station platform, to be between 2018 and 2021. Station development would occur in Phase 2 with estimated completion by 2024.
Project phasing may be subject to change based on feedback obtained through the public-private partnership (P3) development process. P3 initiatives could take place concurrent to infrastructure, based on responses from potential P3 partners.
Learn more about the Charlotte Gateway Station project by visiting ridetransit.org.
Other Council Items
Charlotte's improved rating in the National Flood Insurance Program
Charlotte is now one of only 12 communities in the country to receive a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) Class 4 Community designation. City Council received that information during Monday's dinner briefing.
On April 1, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) notified the city of its designation, placing Charlotte in the top 1 percent of 1,200 participating communities.
This designation resulted from a 2016 submittal and review of Charlotte programs and ordinances related to flood resiliency, land use, stormwater management and environmental protection.
The NFIP's CRS is a voluntary incentive program that encourages floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum federal requirements. The NFIP is administered locally by Mecklenburg County on the city's behalf.
Flood insurance rates are discounted in CRS-participating communities to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions. The floodplain management activity implemented by Charlotte now qualifies residents for a 30 percent discount in flood insurance premiums.
Charlotte BIKES Bicycle Plan
City Council voted to approve the Transportation and Planning Committee's recommendation to adopt the Charlotte BIKES Bicycle Plan.
An extension of the recently adopted Transportation Action Plan, Charlotte BIKES updates the 2008 Charlotte Bicycle Plan and sets a vision of an inclusive cycling environment where people of all ages and abilities can use their bikes for transportation, fitness and fun.
Charlotte BIKES identifies goals, short-term strategies and initiatives to both expand the city's network of bicycle facilities as well as create a culture that recognizes and welcomes bicycling as a safe and affordable means of transportation.