Start of Public Comment Period: Proposed Improvements to I-77, from I-277 to Exit 36
The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) will open a 30-day public comment period on Saturday, March 23 and hold Open House-format meetings to receive the public’s input on proposed amendments to its 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and 2012-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Public input will also be received on the Conformity Determination Report for the amended LRTP and TIP. The meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
April 10, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Belk Center Auditorium
11920 Verhoeff Dr.
Huntersville, NC 28078
April 11, 2013
1810 Oaklawn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28216
MUMPO Introduces Consultants for I-77 Corridor
Barry Moose, District Engineer introduced Jim Ray of Ray Strategies and Ted Hamer of KPMG as the consultants selected by NCDOT to guide the P3 process for the I-77 corridor. The feasibility study will focus on I-77 from Exit 36 in Mooresville to the I-77/277 loop. Both are expert P3 advisers with considerable experience in the delivery and financing of infrastructure projects using P3 methodologies. Their overview presentation can be found here.
There is a very aggressive timeline for their project. The LNTC is engaged and supports the aggressive schedule - which you can see in the presentation.
LNTC Names Thunberg Executive Director
The LNTC tapped Bill Thusberg as new Executive Director for the LNTC to assume new duties January 1, 2012, announced Brian Jenest, LNTC Chair. " We are fortunate to find a person with Bill's knowledge and interest in transportation related matters - almost within our midst." Thunberg replaces Carroll Gray who served in the role over the past three years.I'm anxious to become more deeply involved in continuing our collaborative approach to secure a better understanding and more funding for our region's transportation needs," Thunberg said.
Thunberg served as a three-term Mayor of Mooresville and is active on a number of board and commissions at both local and State levels.
Consultants Present Red Line Plans
NCDOT consultants laid out a management and financial plan on December 12, 2011, for the Red Line Regional Rail Project. The setting was a gathering of 175 people in Mooresville at the Charles Mack Center.
Key plan elements are (1) a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to be created by nine governmental units to oversee/manage the rail line; (2) a two-benefit service concept of commuter and freight rail; and (3) a combo of property taxes to generate the needed revenue streams. (See edited video of report on Home page.)Consultants Mark Briggs, President of Parsons-Brinkerly Advisory Services, and Katherine Henderson of KKH Counsulting, delivered the comprehensive, three-hour presentation, preceded by introductory comments by John Woods, Chair of the Red Line Rail Task Force, and Paul Morris, Deputy Secretary of the NC Department of Transportation.
The full report and various recommendations have been forwarded to the participating units of government for study and amendment. Final votes by the parties on the ammended plan are anticipated by July, 2012.