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Cornelius votes to exit LNTC

Feb 26. UPDATE. The Cornelius Town Board voted 5-0 at a special meeting Friday afternoon to leave the Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission. With Huntersville’s departure as well, it means the four-town LNTC effectively comes to an end June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The Cornelius Town Board’s resolution, however, said the town remains committed to a regional approach to transportation, and will seek an “effective way to impact regional transportation issues.” Commissioner Dave Gilroy said the current LNTC, while a good idea, did not live up to its promise in two areas: The Red Line from Charlotte to Lake Norman, and the plan to widen I-77 with toll lanes. “I haven’t seen any positive impact,” the long-term commissioner said about the LNTC. He said the Red Line plan promulgated by the LNTC was misguided to a “catastrophic” extent, while the I-77 toll plan, and the 50-year contract behind it “will cause immense damage.”