Posted on 14 March 2012.
The Lake Norman Transportation Commission, which includes representatives from area towns, will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, 6 :30 p.m., at Huntersville Town Hall.
The agenda includes discussion of the organization’s name, a presentation by Huntersville transportation planner Bill Coxe on “Comprehensive Transportation Planning,” committee updates, and updates from the director on Red Line and I-77 widening. Read the full story
Posted in Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Huntersville, Living with Growth, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, Town Hall, Transportation
Posted on 12 March 2012.
John Woods is chair of the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Red Line Task Force and mayor of Davidson.
By JOHN WOODS
Everyone, please take a deep breath! There has been a great deal of discussion, and misinformation, regarding the Red Line Regional Rail Project, and I would like to set the record straight on several issues.
Let’s first remember that we are not debating whether to implement the Red Line. We are instead working together on how and when to bring this project to life. Our communities have twice voted in support of transit, and our citizens continue to voice their support for bringing passenger rail to the North Corridor. So now we are doing the hard work: Figuring out the details of how to fund this initiative and make it a reality. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Living with Growth, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Opinion, Planning & Development, Politics
Posted on 22 February 2012.
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
CHARLOTTE - The Red Line Task Force is looking to extend the deadline it set for reviewing plans for a commuter rail line north of Charlotte to give local governments, the state, Charlotte Area Transit System and Norfolk Southern Corp. more time to analyze financial and operational assumptions.
The task force had hoped to get feedback from the seven local governments along the line, CATS and the N.C. Department of Transportation by the end of March. The plan then would be revised and sent to back local governments for approval in June. But recent feedback from Norfolk Southern Corp., which owns the tracks between Charlotte and Mooresville, has thrown a wrench in the original plans. Read the full story
Posted in Audio news reports, Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, Town Hall
Posted on 10 February 2012.
Pretty, a new beauty and skin care boutique on Main Street Davidson, will hold a formal grand-opening this Saturday, Feb. 11. Meanwhile, Lake Norman Miniature Golf, off Statesville Road in Cornelius, plans to reopen this weekend. And here’s a note for landlords: Davidson College is looking to build its list of rental housing for students. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, South Main Street
Posted on 09 February 2012.
Rail critic Randal O'Toole spoke to about 100 people at Cornelius Town Hall Wednesday morning. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
By TANNER LATHAM and LISA MILLER
The vision for the Red Line is a commuter and freight line that would stretch 25 miles from Charlotte to Mooresville. A task force of elected officials has been working on a plan to get it up and running. The price tag: $452 million. The plan is now on tour stopping at town hall meetings and communities up and down the proposed line. Two of those meetings were held back-to-back Wednesday in Cornelius, drawing both supporters and skeptics.
The town hall’s Community Room was buzzing with about 100 people when the first meeting began at 9 a.m. They were there to see a presentation by Randall O’Toole, a fellow from the conservative, public policy think tank CATO Institute. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, South Main Street, Town Hall, WFAE
Posted on 09 February 2012.
By DAVID BORAKS
Consultants working on the proposed Red Line Regional Rail Project said Wednesday they’ll revise a key section of the financing plan to ease the potential burden on small businesses and property owners along the rail line.
They’re talking about two major changes in the $452 million plan: 1) reducing the assessments on properties that house small businesses; and 2) delaying assessments until the rail line is actually running. Consultants are planning other revisions as well: On Wednesday, they also said that owners who rent out detached single-family homes in residential neighborhoods won’t have to pay the assessments. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Living with Growth, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Planning & Development, South Main Street, Town Hall
Posted on 06 February 2012.
By DAVID BORAKS
It’s a busy week for meetings about the proposed Red Line Regional Rail Project. Mooresville’s Red Line Review Committee meets Tuesday morning. And what could turn out to be dueling meetings are scheduled Wednesday at Cornelius Town Hall – one with an anti-rail expert from the Cato Institute and another featuring a panel discussion with large property owners who support the project. Meanwhile, owners of property in downtown Davidson along the rail line have been invited to a Wednesday afternoon meeting explaining how the proposed financing would work. Read the full story
Posted in Beyond Davidson, Business, Calendar, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics
Posted on 27 January 2012.
Retired Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman says Norfolk Southern executives told him two years ago there were concerned about the Red Line rail project’s design and whether freight and passenger traffic could co-exist along the line. Now, in two letters released recently, those concerns are now public. In a commentary on CorneliusNews.net, Mr. Bensman writes: “All the municipalities should cease their evaluations of this project until the Norfolk Southern situation is resolved.”
Posted in Business, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Opinion, Planning & Development