I signed but PLEASE be aware that City funding to support a north-south cross-town multi-use commuter trail is also threatened in this CIP. It's a much smaller amount of money and would create an eternal healthy backbone for our city. In fact it should be doubled to add an east-west trail.
Nancy, we agree the Carolina Thread Trail segment is also an important part of the CIP and should be funded as well. We are focused on the streetcar because no other organization is organizing public support for it and because it is what is opposed most strongly by the majority of the Council. Our position is that both should be funded. Both provide more choices for citizens to move around the city.
The choice to eliminate support for the streetcar also eliminated any support for the trail, but I did not hear anyone object. If funded, the north-south trail line item would provide essential CDOT-related infrastructure (bridges and so forth) to speed up the County's greenway system and Carolina Thread Trail by giving it alternative transportation legitimacy as a commuting corridor. I think this is major.
How many of the council have interests in oil companies?
The lightrail has been a tremendous success. The City Council voted unanimously for its extension up through the University area. The streetcar infrastructure has been started and will be a unique and sustainable method of transportation for Charlotteans and visitors to our great city. Do NOT hold this proposal hostage in order to pass your budget!
Jay Davis, John Allen, Christy Allen, Laurie Jordan Davis, Jay Jackson, Carol Buie-Jackson, what say you?
Jeff Barnhart, Brian Robertson, Megan Geraghty, Scott Knox, Matt Coapman, how about you guys???
Er, can SC residents vote?
As a frequent visitor to the QC for a variety of activities, I would think the council would also be interested in hearing from neighboring residents who would use this form of transportation periodically.
Awesome! This initiative has gotten a lot of people speaking out against it but there are so many people who are FOR the streetcar who just don't know how to voice their support.
Exactly, I couldn't agree more.
Read this Mary Newsom article for lots of good reasons to support the streetcar -- http://plancharlotte.org/story/charlotte-nc-streetcar-transit-city-council.
Thanks, Helene! Good reasons indeed!
Keep it up! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Spread the word about creating the east-west link for the Streetcar - Let's make some noise at City Council! We need to get one more council member on board!
Yes, imagine if everyone who has signed this petition showed up at the City Council meeting this Mon (the 17th) with a sign that said "We want the streetcar!" Those who oppose it showed up last time the Council voted, and they got their way. Will we show up this time?
East Charlotte needs this!
The goal is to get 1000 signatures by the City Council vote on Dec. 17. Currently there are about 100. Please consider signing or sharing if this is an interest to you!
I don't live in your state but think it's a great idea so I happily signed this petition in support of it! :)
Thanks for signing the petition!
Spread the word by inviting up to 50 friends lets do this.