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Posted on: May 26, 2008

[ARCHIVED] Mayor's Transportation Task Force Recommends Forming One Governing Body

The four towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville, are considering the formation of a new organization that could change many of the ways we do business. 
A few months ago, the four mayors appointed a task force to look into ways to improve transportation. Obviously, our ability to get around in the four towns has gotten worse over the years, and the reason is not hard to find: two decades ago, we had ten thousand people. Today the population is over 100,000. While there have been some improvements in our road system, it is far from adequate.
We are asking our four towns to create a new Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission. Its mission will be to deal with I-77, with the North Corridor commuter rail, with local streets and intersections, with planning decisions that individual towns make but which affect other towns, and with public safety. The new commission will have a revenue source and a staff. It will not overrule individual town decisions, but will be a new tool for working together.
In deciding whether to create this new commission, the four town governments must ask these questions: Have we been faithful public servants in providing our people a mixture of excellent ways to move around? Have our towns been successful individually in dealing with the problems that rapid growth has produced? Would we be better off working together to solve transportation problems than working separately? If we answer these questions honestly, then the best way to proceed is through our new transportation commission.
To read the full report visit the town website at www.ci.davidson.nc.us

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