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Managed lanes strategy

During tonight's City Council Business Meeting, there was a discussion and action items around the topic of Managed Lanes Strategy for Charlotte.

The purpose of tonight’s presentation was to: 

  • Provide a summary of the key conclusions reached last year; 
  • Describe the main implications of not supporting the strategy; and 
  • Provide information regarding the managed lanes strategy for Charlotte in relation to the upcoming Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s (CRTPO) vote on the Interstate-77 HOT Lanes project. 
​Action: Directed the vote of Charlotte’s CRTPO representative to affirm the current strategy to implement managed lanes. 

       NCDOT's information about the project​

​​History of the Managed Lanes strategy

In August 2015, former Mayor Clodfelter referred the topic of Managed Lanes (also known as High Occupancy Toll or HOT Lanes) to the Transportation and Planning (TAP) Committee. He asked the Committee cover topics, such as history, purposes, goals, and roles. 

In September 2015, staff presented information about history, purposes, and operations, and described the managed lanes projects programmed for Interstate-485 (South), Interstate-77, and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard). Staff also explained how these and other projects in these corridors support the City’s land use and transportation goals.  

In November 2015, staff reviewed key conclusions from the first two meetings, and then concentrated on describing roles, responsibilities, and additional actions the City should consider as it works with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to implement managed lanes in Charlotte.  

On January 4,2016, the City Council’s TAP Committee received and reviewed a report from staff describing the reasons for proceeding with a strategy of implementing HOT Lanes in and around Charlotte. The staff report summarizes information discussed by the TAP Committee at meetings held in September and November 2015.  

The Committee voted 3-2 (Lyles, Autry, and Phipps voted yes; Kinsey and Smith opposed) to support the report, which endorses the managed lane strategy.