Help Eliminate the Governor’s Excuse

Now that the LKN towns, counties and businesses have voiced their opposition to the I-77 toll plan, Governor McCrory and NCDOT’s insistence on the project hangs off a single excuse: two years ago the regional planning board (Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization) voted for tolls.

Through the end of July you can help eliminate that excuse.

CRTPO is currently in the “public comment” period of their latest transportation plan. That plan includes I-77 tolls. More info on the mechanics of the process will be on the blog shortly.

But right now, please take ten seconds and email the following cut and paste to info@crtpo.org

Dear CRTPO-

As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

  • Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
  • Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
  • Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP

Thank you for your support,

Name
Town

 

28 Responses to Help Eliminate the Governor’s Excuse

  1. Brian Stack says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Brian Stack
    Cornelius Nc

  2. Paula Napper says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Paula Napper
    Huntersville

  3. Marci Morton says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Marci Morton
    Mooresville

  4. Cindy Kincaid says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:
    •Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    •Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    •Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP

    Thank you for your support,

    Cindy Kincaid
    Cornelius, NC

  5. Jenny Sparacin says:

    Unfortunately, I am not from North Carolina. But as an outsider, it seems illogical to charge $20 each way for 13 miles of travel. We used to drive up that way frequently in our trips back home to New Jersey. I know that if this toll thing went through I would just find surface streets to avoid that ridiculous toll (this would be very easy for travelers to do with their cellphones). And if everybody did the same thing, what a mess you would have and the money the CRTPO thought would be coming in would all but disappear. This whole thing makes absolutely no sense to me. It seems that this plan is only to put money in the pockets of a few people. Not good! Let the people who drive I-77 keep their money!

  6. Jenny Sparacin says:

    Unfortunately, I am not from North Carolina. But as an outsider, it seems illogical to charge $20 each way for 13 miles of travel. We used to drive up that way frequently in our trips back home to New Jersey. I know that if this toll thing went through I would just find surface streets to avoid that ridiculous toll (this would be very easy for travelers to do with their cellphones). And if everybody did the same thing, what a mess you would have and the money the CRTPO thought would be coming in would all but disappear. This whole thing makes absolutely no sense to me. It seems that this plan is only to put money in the pockets of a few people. Not good! Let the people who drive I-77 keep their money!

  7. Judy Herbst says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Judy Herbst
    Mooresville

  8. steve says:

    Send it to info@crtpo.org via e-mail.

  9. Mark Barbee says:

    We do not need toll lanes and will not use them.

  10. Chris says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Chris Thompson

    Mooresville, NC

  11. josh says:

    Just sent, thanks

  12. Mike Dunn says:

    To: CRTPO Board – Public Comment
    From: Mike Dunn
    Date: 07/08/15
    Please let North Carolina walk away from the I-77 toll bad deal. It may have been good idea but it has morphed into a monolith of bad public policy that costs too much and does no longer actually solve our problem. More spent by moving forward would just be good money chasing bad. Those concerned about “the money spent and obligated on this project by saying we are in too deep”, need to remember the economic concept of “sunk costs.” Money spent is spent. The board needs to focus on going forward per the correct and appropriate application of this economic theorem.
    Per my economics and business background, this current deal is a long term job killer and needs to be stopped.
    An example of just of few of the specific Issues
    • The 50 year restriction of widening of 115 and Beattys Ford Road to cause further congestion on those free roads to force people to the toll lanes
    • Changing the HOA from a minimum of two passengers to three to increase traffic on the current general purpose lanes
    • Cintra controlling the right of way beside the interstate for 50 years to eliminate the chance of further widening of I-77 as needed
    • Cintra’s track record of failed projects
    • The cost of building just the toll infrastructure (not including the actual overlay paving building costs) is similar to the cost of building the two general purpose lanes. This is, logically speaking, insane public policy. Why?
    • The extra years of construction for the overlay toll lanes will be a project nearly as big as the Charlotte outer belt, which took 25 years.
    • The most complex infrastructure build out with the toll lanes will be “south” of I-85 near the center city of Charlotte. It will snarl already bad traffic between I-85 and I-277 for years. In addition, for what purpose? If we build general purpose lanes, center city Charlotte will be unaffected.
    The above is evidence of this plan’s effective result in increasing traffic and not reducing it over 50 years. Moreover, the stated plan is to increase congestion to force people to use the toll lane infrastructure. If you take a step back – Why do this? This is diametrically opposed to the goal of reducing traffic and travel time for the public. This is clearly bad public policy.
    Impact on families
    With egress and ingress areas of merging traffic at 55+ MPH in the toll lanes with general purpose traffic going 30 (+/-) MPH will be highly dangerous and will likely cause “needless” driver injury and deaths of family members overtime. Again, why do this? In addition, these merging areas will add to traffic and delays and not reduce them like the result of general purpose lanes.
    Personal evidence of the insidious impact of I-77 traffic.
    I clearly attribute the traffic over the years on I-77 as a primary cause to my 14 year marriage ending in divorce. My ex wife determined that it was better for her to beat the traffic by leaving at 6:00 AM and working late in Charlotte to go home after the traffic. After fourteen years of this, it was a primary cause to our demise. Since the toll situation will not solve the traffic situation AND adds a further significant financial burden on young families, I foresee this plan further dooming many families to a higher incidence of divorce and strife. Again, the better plan to cut our losses and just add the general purpose lanes.
    Solution
    Since no bridges need to be widened, just add two general purpose lanes from exit 36 to the outer belt. The land bridge needs to be widened in either case. This solution will cost a fraction of building a duel or overlay interstate on the busiest road in North Carolina.
    Thanks you for your time, wisdom and courage to stop this good project gone bad.
    Mike Dunn
    HOA Board Member |Cornelius Resident |
    Former Mooresville Resident | Charlotte Native
    18709 Nautical Drive #301
    Cornelius, NC 28031

  13. Ray Duncombe says:

    Thanks everyone for sending feedback to CRTPO. I hope everyone is sending the emails to info@crtpo.org in addition to posting them here in the comment section! Keep up the good work and stay positive that we can still stop the toll lanes and get general purpose lanes built instead!

  14. Rita Neill says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,
    Rita Neill
    Mooresville NC

  15. Mike says:

    A couple quick points —

    (1) vary the text a little when you send these emails. If they get all of the same cut and paste, they are more likely to disregard or suspect a spambot.

    and (2) — email them to the address above, don’t post it here.

  16. George Powell says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:
    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,
    Cornelius NC

    George A. Powell, Jr. MCITP, MCSE, MCSA

  17. CLP says:

    Email sent!

  18. Tom McCain says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:
    •Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    •Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    •Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP

    Thank you for your support,

  19. Ken Tilley says:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP

  20. Don says:

    Done. And thanks for you work! I’ll get the word out…

  21. Susan Renckens says:

    I urge your decision to defund the hot lanes not be influenced by the cost to change gears, in the long run it will be much cheaper to just widen than implementing the complicated Hot Lane system that only benefits the wealthy. It will crush business development, tarnish and label the corridor. It is truly highway robbery, our voices were stolen from us by a very small group who are afraid to do what’s right and just.
    Vote no on 2016-2024 TIP
    amend the TIP to include general purpose lanes project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Prayerful that you will receive guidance from your conscience.

  22. Stephen Roche says:

    Dear CRTPO-
    Please stop this project NOW and help widen I-77 responsibly. As a business owner and a 26 year resident in the Lake Norman area I urge you to act now and stop this before it starts. As a business owner it will no longer be feasible to to do business in this area. I will simply shut down my business or move (preferably out of state since this toll road concept is planning to expand both far and wide, thus our representatives allotting one billion to a NC toll road authority. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Please help take part in a well planned execution for the responsible expansion of I-77 without toll roads. We as taxpayers, have already paid for the the upkeep and maintenance of existing roads, including expansion of existing roads by the huge added expense of having the highest gas tax in the southeast. We already paid for this road expansion to happen. Don’t charge us again! Please don’t let toll roads ruin this area and play a hand in destroying the free flowing commerce and transportation in this state.
    I urge you to please;
    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Stephen Roche

  23. Tom Pistone says:

    Dear CRTPO-

    As a citizen in your jurisdiction, I am requesting you please:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP
    Thank you for your support,

    Tom Pistone
    Mooresville

  24. vickiepinney says:

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP

  25. Angie Wally says:

    Sent!

  26. Gary Taylor says:

    The businesses and citizens of the area need more general purpose lanes, not managed tolls.

    Vote NO on the 2016-2024 TIP
    Amend the TIP to include an I-77 general purpose lane project from exit 23 to exit 36
    Request removal of projects I-4750AA and I-5405, High Occupancy Toll lanes from I-277 to exit 36, from the STIP

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