Mayor’s new mobility task force to hold first meeting on Thursday

Britt Clampitt
brittany.clampitt@charlottenc.gov
5/11/2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 11, 2020) – At the direction of Mayor Vi Lyles, the Charlotte Moves Task Force has formed to address mobility and transportation issues in Charlotte.

The task force will advise the City of Charlotte in the creation of a new Strategic Mobility Plan that integrates and updates current vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, transit and safety plans, and sets mobility goals for the city and immediate region. As key community representatives, members will be guiding forces in shaping the Strategic Mobility Plan's vision and turning that vision into a reality.

The task force is led by former Mayor Harvey Gantt and comprises 25 members from across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area who represent business, government, transportation and planning, education, nonprofits and more.

"Developing mobility solutions that improve opportunities for using public transit, walking and biking in our neighborhoods is more important now than ever," Gantt said. "These solutions should involve our community. I am glad to serve as chair of the Charlotte Moves Task Force, established by Mayor Vi Lyles, to determine a path for implementing a comprehensive and sustainable mobility plan to connect Charlotte seamlessly with our immediate region."

The Charlotte Moves Task Force will work to bring the vision of a comprehensive Strategic Mobility Plan into fruition by:

  • Conducting extensive community engagement during its meetings.
  • Analyzing existing transit and transportation plans, including the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, the Charlotte WALKS pedestrian plan and the Charlotte BIKES plan.
  • Assessing the public's appetite for a more efficient and sustainable mobility network.
  • Determining funding needs and mechanisms for implementing the Strategic Mobility Plan.
  • Recommending a catalytic network of projects and a funding strategy to the Charlotte City Council.

The task force will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. once a month, May through December. It is currently not scheduled to meet in July. The first meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, May 14. The public can watch the May meeting live on the city's YouTube channel. The full meeting schedule is available on charlottenc.gov.

During their first meeting, members will discuss the task force's charge, and hear presentations from city staff regarding the Strategic Mobility Plan; the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide Charlotte's growth and development for the next 20 years; and the Strategic Energy Action Plan, which sets aggressive municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

Residents are invited to send their questions and comments for the Charlotte Moves Task Force to charlottemoves@charlottenc.gov.

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