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View Poll Results: Vote for these ideas for Independence Blvd.
Another Walmart Shopping Center 4 23.53%
Let it Die it's slow death, as it is 4 23.53%
Little Mexico 6 35.29%
Modern version of Piegon Forge 6 35.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-22-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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I also think they should run light-rail along Independence Freeway as well!
The Independence area that needs Light Rail is the new part they are busting up now to build ANOTHER wal-mart, and down Central Avenue. I don't think the city wants to connect the light rail to East Charlotte. It is in the plans to connect it to Matthews, another higher end area. I'm not sure if it would run down Independence or down Monroe Rd. You know East is the underdog side of Charlotte.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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I think this is a good thread. I think the Atlantic Station idea is probably the best idea for this area. I used to live in this area in the late 80s when Charlotte was home of wrestling. It's really sad to see this area go down the way it has. I t would really be nice to see a revival. While I'm fantasizing. I think if Charlotte were to put heavy rail anywhere, this area would make the most sense. Union county is the fastest growing county in the state, Independence is one of the heaviest traveled roads in the city. Perhaps heavy rail could ease some congestion.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Before the next set of interchanges are built at Sharon Amity and Idlewild, the bridge over McAlpine Creek should be replaced (near the old Best Buy and CarMax), eliminating the bottleneck in both directions.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:37 AM
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Make it an interstate like they plan. But take out the stupid bus/hov lanes and create 2 service lanes, that are barricaded, so people can shop at the strip malls. Make it sorta like the NYC outer-borough expressways.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Like I said make it a toll road so the day workers will have to pay up....
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Charlotte/Matthews 704
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Before the next set of interchanges are built at Sharon Amity and Idlewild, the bridge over McAlpine Creek should be replaced (near the old Best Buy and CarMax), eliminating the bottleneck in both directions.
Yeah, I definitely think this is a great idea. I travel on this road all the time and it really has become a problem.

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Make it an interstate like they plan. But take out the stupid bus/hov lanes and create 2 service lanes, that are barricaded, so people can shop at the strip malls. Make it sorta like the NYC outer-borough expressways.
Yeah that's a great idea too. The barricaded roads make it really hard for people to shop at the strip malls.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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I think this is a good thread. I think the Atlantic Station idea is probably the best idea for this area. I used to live in this area in the late 80s when Charlotte was home of wrestling. It's really sad to see this area go down the way it has. I t would really be nice to see a revival. While I'm fantasizing. I think if Charlotte were to put heavy rail anywhere, this area would make the most sense. Union county is the fastest growing county in the state, Independence is one of the heaviest traveled roads in the city. Perhaps heavy rail could ease some congestion.
I can see the Atlantic Station thing happening for Independence as well, considering that they have rail running along Ga 400 in Atlanta, and that's what they want to do for Independence as well! If they can finally finish converting Independence into an expressway all the way to 485, then maybe they can begin redeveloping that corridor! I don't know why it takes over a decade to complete a mile of road, but hey, that's NCDOT for you!
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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The Independence area that needs Light Rail is the new part they are busting up now to build ANOTHER wal-mart, and down Central Avenue. I don't think the city wants to connect the light rail to East Charlotte. It is in the plans to connect it to Matthews, another higher end area. I'm not sure if it would run down Independence or down Monroe Rd. You know East is the underdog side of Charlotte.
It does go down Independence. This is from the 2030 Transit Plan:

That transit corridor runs down the center of Independence in what is now the dedicated bus lanes and future expansion. There will be stations built over the highway that can be reached from each side. The proposed stations are where Independence crosses Pecan, Amity Gardens Shopping Center, Sharon Amity (also P&R), Conference Drive and Sardis Rd. After that point the tracks shift south off Independence. If it is built, it will be called the Silver Line.

However, CATS has finally admitted the 2030 plan is dead. They spend far more money on daily operations than what the transit tax brings in. There is no money left for capital expansion. Unless something fundamentally changes, the remainder of the transit lines will not be built.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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It does go down Independence. This is from the 2030 Transit Plan:

That transit corridor runs down the center of Independence in what is now the dedicated bus lanes and future expansion. There will be stations built over the highway that can be reached from each side. The proposed stations are where Independence crosses Pecan, Amity Gardens Shopping Center, Sharon Amity (also P&R), Conference Drive and Sardis Rd. After that point the tracks shift south off Independence. If it is built, it will be called the Silver Line.

However, CATS has finally admitted the 2030 plan is dead. They spend far more money on daily operations than what the transit tax brings in. There is no money left for capital expansion. Unless something fundamentally changes, the remainder of the transit lines will not be built.
That is a bus line, not light rail.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:01 PM
 
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I think there needs to be a toll booth on all of the roads coming into charlotte. Let the day workers who come here to just get a pay check pay up ..By the way we who live here DO PAY UP...note the recent OVER evaluation of property. A toll booth on the county line coming in on Indep. would be great Yo If you dont live in the county please dont comment on my post.I dont care to read it...
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