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#81 SCP

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:39 PM

Traffic in Charlotte is nothing compared to LA, Chicago, Dallas, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, ATL, NYC, Phily, DC/B-more, or Houston. Sorry, we have traffic in like 4 areas. The places listed above have traffic on every fuggin road in town.

#82 Zaximus

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

Aren't there plans set in stone to expand it?

Up to university I believe. Which is just on Tryon. The problem with this is, while it's a start, most of the traffic I see/encounter are people in surrounding counties coming into Charlotte. I live in Indian Trail, and I think a ton of us commute to the city. I think a large number of people would use a train/Lynx if possible and reduce gas and the use of roads. I hate driving. I would ride a train even if it meant taking 15-20 minutes longer than the car ride, because at least I could listen to music, get on tablet, or even just stare out the window instead of being angry at traffic and having cramps in my foot from stop and go lol.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:50 PM

For real. I'm in Chicago this week and I love being able to take the train from the airport (there's an idea Charlotte!) into the city. Someday, 50 years from now, the lightrail might offer a few more options than 485 to uptown.


I was in Chicago last week! :)

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:23 PM

Yes the lack of traffic congestion in Charlotte is one of the things I'll definitely count as a positive. I can't think of another city this size that's so easy on traffic.

As far as the LYNX, its designed to get those New Yorkers in Fort Mill uptown to spend money. I would say its useless to 90% of people who *live in* Charlotte.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

i can walk to the rail so i dig that.

i think part of the "traffic" issues we face in Charlotte is not enough people carpool. Ride on Providence Rd from Arboretum to uptown and look at the # of cars with one person.

What kills 485 is from 77 to Rea Road its what 2 lanes? Thats insidious. It should at least be 3 to Prov Rd.

74 is a nightmare except maybe around 2am.

I'm a closet civil engineer so I see so many traffic snafu's where if they put a median here or a no turn left there, it could eliminate so many bottlenecks simply by removing delays that exist.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:20 PM

I am from a small town in TN. I live in a small town in NC. I see little difference. (Really no difference) When I moved to NC, the worst thing was that Jesse Helms was a senator from NC. I would never compare Knoxville to Charlotte...of course Charlotte has more....except for a major university. UT has been the center of Knoxville for a long time.


http://en.wikipedia....ille,_Tennessee

http://en.wikipedia...._North_Carolina


Look at the stats. Charlotte is much larger than Knoxville. Not sure why anyone wants to compare the two.


I wasn't intending to compare the two based on size and related aspects. Just the overall niceness, cleanliness, and progress of the two cities - both of which can be helped no matter the city size. In that regard, Charlotte is light years beyond what Knoxville will ever be.

I wasn't trying to compare the two states, but that's what this sort of turned into. Which small towns did you and do you live in?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:27 PM

I wasn't intending to compare the two based on size and related aspects. Just the overall niceness, cleanliness, and progress of the two cities - both of which can be helped no matter the city size. In that regard, Charlotte is light years beyond what Knoxville will ever be.

I wasn't trying to compare the two states, but that's what this sort of turned into. Which small towns did you and do you live in?



My home town is Elizabethton, TN. I now live in Morganton, NC. I have been in NC for about 25 yrs.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:51 PM

What kills 485 is from 77 to Rea Road its what 2 lanes? Thats insidious. It should at least be 3 to Prov Rd.


the thing about 485 is that i think it was purposely designed this way. i mean certain areas have like a quarter mile of graded land in between the inner and outer lanes. those areas seem to have the worst congestion.

to me it seems there are/were a lot of "meh, that's good enough for now" projects in and around charlotte.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:35 PM

I should be able to drive 100+ miles in any direction from downtown Charlotte on a major interstate on 3 or more lanes of highway. The fact that 485 and I-77 and I-85 are still two lanes in places is a joke.

I mean let's expand I-77 N to three lanes right up until exit 23 WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE LIVE.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:52 PM

Chattanooga is a fugin' amazing town.


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