University City residents can get an update on the progress of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Lynx Blue Line Extension and other local transportation improvement projects during two public meetings this week.
Charlotte’s Engineering & Property Management Department is coordinating the meetings Oct. 28 and 29. Each will provide an update on the BLE light rail project but also cover location-specific projects individually, said Hillary Ryan, lead public information officer for the BLE project.
The meetings also will provide updates on the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program, which is intended to provide “safe, comfortable access to transit,” particularly the BLE, for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, officials said.
“It talks about street improvements along the alignment, so people are aware what that will look like,” Ryan said.
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Each meeting will start with a 20- to 25-minute formal presentation, Ryan said. After that, residents can view concept maps, talk one-on-one with city staffers and have access to CATS resources and personnel, such as bus operations.
“It really is a great (opportunity to learn) … about what to expect,” Ryan said, adding that public feedback is critical. “We want people to come out, and we want to hear their concerns and questions.”
The Oct. 28 meeting also will cover projects including the 25th Street extension; the streetscapes of Parkwood Avenue, North Tryon and 36th streets, and Sugar Creek Road; and other improvements in the southern station area, according to the city.
The Oct. 29 meeting will cover the northern station areas, including the Rocky River Road West improvements, the streetscapes of J.W. Clay Boulevard and Tom Hunter Road and the McCullough Drive streestscape/extension.
A survey will be available at the Oct. 29 meeting, asking those who live around the proposed Tom Hunter Road station for comments on possibly including a bus turnout, Ryan said.
“It’s a public project. … People can see (what) stations will look like and find out how they’ll affect them,” Ryan said.