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Project History

  • 1998: CATS express bus service in median of Independence Boulevard begins after widening/upgrading is completed to Wendover Avenue
  • 2006: CATS express bus service in median of Independence Boulevard is extended after widening/upgrading is completed to Albemarle Road (N.C. 27)
  • 2007: FAST Lanes study begins; is joint effort by City of Charlotte, North Carolina Department of Transportation, South Carolina Department of Transportation, and other local agencies in the surrounding ten-county area; purpose of study is to examine existing and planned major highways in the region to identify where express lanes could help manage congestion during peak travel periods
  • 2008: Phase I Fast Lanes study is completed; report recommended five corridors for detailed express lane studies, including U.S. 74 from I-277 to I-485
  • 2009: Phase II Fast Lanes study is completed; detailed studies reveal great demand for express lanes in the U.S. 74 East corridor; report recommends that Phase II findings be considered in updates to the Long Range Transportation Plan
  • 2011:Urban Land Institute completes study of U.S. 74 corridor; recommends that either bus rapid transit or express bus service operate in shared express lanes along Independence Boulevard rather than having both a dedicated transit right of way and express lanes
  • 2011:Independence Boulevard Area Plan adopted by Charlotte City Council; establishes a vision for the Independence Boulevard area and provided guidance policies to guide future growth, development, and reinvestment
  • 2011:Based upon results of ULI study, Metropolitan Transit Commission decides that the median of U.S. 74 does not need to be preserved exclusively for rapid transit
  • 2012:Design plans for STIP No. U-209 B are revised by NCDOT at City of Charlotte’s request in order to accommodate express bus lanes rather than future rapid transit in the median of Independence Boulevard
  • 2013:Phase III of Fast Lanes study is completed; studies include public outreach and provide a better understanding of policy and technical issues associated with express lanes
  • 2013:STIP No. U-5526 is programmed for planning and environmental studies only
  • 2013:Construction begins on project to widen and upgrade Independence Boulevard from Albemarle Road to Wallace Lane, including bus lanes (STIP No. U-209 B)
  • 2014: Traffic and Revenue study for express lanes on U.S. 74 from I-277 to I-485 completed by NCDOT in consultation with City of Charlotte, Town of Matthews, and other local agencies; suggested as “starter project” one reversible express lane from I-277 to Albemarle Road and two express lanes (one in each direction) from Albemarle Road to Wallace Lane included analysis of possible access points, potential operational issues, express lane policy, costs, and revenues
  • 2014:Preliminary design and environmental studies began for STIP No. U-5526
  • 2014: STIP No. U-5526 programmed for right of way acquisition and construction
  • 2015: March 2015, NCDOT held two public meetings for this project and for the neighboring project on Independence Boulevard to the southeast (from Conference Drive in Charlotte to I-485 in Matthews).

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