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With Red Line talks looming, Cornelius may rejoin LKN transportation alliance

April 3. By Dave Yochum. [Updated] With Red Line discussions gathering steam, it looks like Cornelius is about to rejoin the regional Lake Norman Transportation Commission headed up by former Mooresville Mayor Bill Thunberg.

The LNTC helped the towns work together on regional transportation issues, providing a unified voice when dealing with the NCDOT or federal transportation authorities.

But the regional alliance faltered eight years ago when Huntersville and Cornelius pulled out, dissatisfied with the cost—about $80,000 a year split four ways among Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville, vs. the benefit.

Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox said Mooresville and Davidson “stayed the course.”

Strength in numbers

Mayor Knox

A regional approach to regional transportation issues is more effective than one town at a time, especially as Red Line discussions and community meetings with Charlotte Area Transit System officials are set for later later this month.

“Our transportation needs in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell are at a crucial point for the future of all of our municipal needs,” the Davidson mayor said.

Of course, Cornelius would rejoin based on the vote by the Town Board, likewise Huntersville.

No votes are scheduled at this point.

CATS will hold a virtual meeting on the Red Line from 6 pm to 8 pm April 10 on the CATS YouTube channel.

It makes sense, though

Todd Sansbury

“While Cornelius hasn’t made a final decision regarding support, we do want to investigate the possibilities of a Red Line and determine the pros and cons of allowing it to traverse through Cornelius. A regional transportation approach is very important, and we want to work with the rest of the county to provide additional transportation alternatives,” said Cornelius Commissioner Todd Sansbury.

Cornelius Commissioner Robby Carney, whose brother is the current mayor of Mooresville, said “Cornelius feels addressing regional transportation issues in a unified voice better leverages support from our transportation partners and friends in Raleigh/DC.”

—Update 1 pm: Comments from Huntersville Mayor Christy Clark

Christy Clark

Mayor Christy Clark said Huntersville is still evaluating rejoining LNTC.

“Even so, we are committed to working closely with our neighboring towns on transportation issues,” she said.



8 Responses to “With Red Line talks looming, Cornelius may rejoin LKN transportation alliance”

  1. here we go again…..it’s not the idea that is bad, it’s the cost & implementation that always get in the way of a good idea.

    Posted by Joe a vagnone | April 3, 2024, 11:58 am
  2. There is a need for a transit system that is faster and more convenient than driving to uptown Charlotte and the Airport from northern Mecklenburg County. We need to consider a 21st century solution with zero emissions, that both tax payers and riders can afford.

    Posted by Joel Olsen | April 3, 2024, 12:57 pm
  3. Interesting this has come up. Charlotte, NC, America in general should take note from our European/Asian/UK neighbors or Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago etc…on mass transit.
    I just had this conversation with some associates today. There is no public mass transit to/from Charlotte Douglas. If not for employee parking, airport parking…lyft/uber, taxis and hotel shuttle. No mass transit. We have toll roads but don’t have an adequate highway system. Not Good.

    Posted by Joe Lewis | April 3, 2024, 7:58 pm
  4. Ugh. We passed up a great transit opportunity for this crappy ridiculously expensive toll lane. Who thought that would be a good idea?!?!

    Posted by Octopus Rex | April 4, 2024, 4:33 am
  5. Remember when Cooper promised to cancel the toll lanes and won the election because of that? I’m paying hundreds a month in tolls and haven’t seen any of the road projects that toll money was supposed to pay for. (Widening 73, Catawba)

    Posted by Thomas | April 4, 2024, 11:54 am
  6. Estimated cost??? Forget the meetings we already set thru many meetings years ago about this.

    Posted by Randy | April 4, 2024, 5:22 pm
  7. On almost any day of the week, the toll road and free lanes on I77 simply do not handle the capacity AND this area continues to grow. A rail system simply makes sense. It provides transit capacity, helps us reduce traffic related carbon emissions and creates a safer way to travel (count the I77 jam ups you see weekly related to auto accidents). Lastly, we need to get with it, trains work, NY, Chicago, Atlanta, Europe, Asia. Ever ridden those? They work and give every slice of the economic spectrum a great why to get from A to B

    Posted by Bill | April 5, 2024, 11:43 pm

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