Birth of the Lake Norman Transportation Commission
The Lake Norman Transportation Commission was born out of a six month Mayors Transportation Task Force which completed its work in late spring of 2008. In essence, the Task Force said the towns would be better off working together on transportation matters than alone. Seven months later, all four town Commissions approved an interlocal agreement setting up the Lake Norman Transportation Commission.
In order to ‘kick start’ the effort, the Town’s Mayors asked me to get things started and to serve for six months, or until July 1, 2009. During the initial phase, my assignment was to help the LNTC convene, organize, prioritize and begin the process of educating ourselves on the various transportation options we have around the Lake and how to maximize our clout with Mecklenburg/Union/Iredell Counties and City of Charlotte elected officials and support staff. Oh yes, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is rather important, too.
In a word, getting into the transportation understanding and advocacy business is like entering the Chatooga or Natahala rivers at flood stage—in a canoe. It can be done, but with much preparation and strong, steady strokes. As we launch this website, we’ve taken a couple of steps to support the widening of NC 73 from I-77 through the NC 115 intersection in Huntersville and supported the road improvements associated with the Augustalee development in Cornelius.
We are testing the waters for larger fish as we are planning to tackle I-77 widening and funding for the North Commuter Rail line. Hope our fishing skills are in top shape.