As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally.  Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process.  A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making.

The Regional Transit Public Engagement Series is a continuation of the CONNECT Our Future dialogue.  It is an opportunity to have a focused conversation about regional transit, well before any planning takes place. This is a chance for communities to express their aspirations, concerns, values, and interests around long-term transit.  By thinking through regional transit topics now and soliciting feedback from residents, we’ll be able to harness the best the future has to offer, while still preserving all of the things that make our communities great.

Our intentions for the Regional Transit Public Engagement Series are to:

  • Begin a region-wide discussion on regional transit
  • Understand the perspective of transit from diverse communities and people
  • Understand the desire and support for a regional transit system in the 7-county area
  • Obtain information and data to guide the development of a regional transit work plan

Beginning in the spring of 2017 and continuing into the summer we will hold a series of forums to gather input from local government staff and elected officials, and private sector and institutional leaders, on regional transit needs, values, concerns, and aspirations.  Engagement will take place in the Metropolitan Transit Commission region of Mecklenburg, Iredell, Gaston, Lincoln, Cabarrus, and Union County, NC and portions of York and Lancaster County, SC.  In addition, in late summer 2017 a public opinion survey will be conducted to test general attitudes towards future transit.  In the fall, we will highlight findings and consensus based next steps during a regional transit summit.

The Regional Transit Public Engagement Series will enhance the dialogue of community leaders and transit providers through increased understanding of the region’s desire for regional transit and key corridors and destinations.

For more information on the Regional Transit Public Engagement Series, please contact Jason Wager at (704) 348-2707 or jwager@centralina.org.