Chamber Focus Friday Examines Transportation Friday, Aug 17th 8:30 am

Published Monday, August 13, 2018 2:38 am
by (Bill Russell)

Join us for Focus Friday ? August 17th 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Transportation: Bike Paths and Rapid Transit in the North Corridor

Speakers: Geoff Steele ? The Hummingbird Trail and Jason Lawrence - Senior Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit System

The August Focus Friday will be a Focus on Transportation. Specifically an examination of potential bike trails and rapid transit in the North corridor.

The Focus Friday takes on Friday, July 20th from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius

Huntersville resident Geoff Steele will be on hand to discuss alternative transportation options in the Piedmont. Steele will discuss a transportation vision that supports a regional park 30 feet wide and 42 miles long ? The Hummingbird Trail!

In addition, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will share options for the most effective rapid transit modes and alignments that match the region?s current land-use and transit values. The presentation will inform attendees on feedback heard in the fall of 2017 and will provide local business owners / managers with an opportunity to provide input on options presented. Attendees will learn about:

? The history of the LYNX Red Line and how we move forward
? Current proposed transit options in the north
? Information about rail to the airport and how rapid transit could integrate in Center City Charlotte

Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

About our Speakers:

Geoff R 427x640Geoff Steele ? The Hummingbird Trail

At 75, Geoff Steele has been around awhile and yet he still believes the bicycle is the most efficient and economical transportation device ever designed by man. Since age 3, he has spent a lot of time on 2-wheelers, including 27 years of bike-commuting to/from work in the Washington DC metro region and recreating with family on bikes. The robust greenway and trail network there often found Geoff putting more annual miles on his bike than a car. So it was no surprise he hoped to find similar facilities here in the NC Piedmont after retiring. That didn?t quite pan out, so Geoff is now joining with others trying to improve our human-powered recreational environment -- to better and more safely accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

Jason Lawrence - Senior Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit System  Jason

Jason Lawrence joined the Charlotte Area Transit System in 2000. For the past 18 years he has been the lead Transportation Planner for transit corridors in the 2030 Transit System Plan. He has also performed bus service planning, demographic analysis, implemented the Sprinter Airport Enhanced Bus service and was a member of the LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Team.

In 2016 Jason successfully guided a public process for the LYNX Silver Line Southeast Corridor Transit study that led to an approved light rail alignment from Uptown Charlotte to the Town of Matthews. Currently, Jason is leading a study to update the 2030 Transit System Plan. This effort will conclude in December 2018 with new rapid transit recommendations for the North and West corridors and strategies to implement and complete the 2030 System Plan.

In 2017 Jason was selected at the 2016 City of Charlotte Employee of the Year. Jason Lawrence has a Bachelor?s Degree in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte