The traffic at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 shows heavy congestion Friday morning. A public hearing Monday night at the county commission meeting will allow residents to voice their opinion on a proposed bus service from Denver to Charlotte which may help with the traffic flow. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
Residents can speak out on the proposed bus service from Denver to Charlotte at a public hearing at Monday nightâ€™s county commission meeting.
The public hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Room on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
The bus service is in response to requests from residents and population growth projections for east Lincoln County.
The bus service would help Lincoln County connect with the Charlotte job market and allow them to leave their cars in a lot for the day.
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus service would have riders pick up the bus at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73. Stops would be made in Mt. Holly, Huntersville before continuing on to Charlotte.
County Commissioner Tom Anderson said the board is holding the public hearing to see how great the need is.
â€œIt is important to hear from the public to see if there is some sense if a pool of ridership is out there,â€ he said. â€œI think if people use this service it would seem beneficial.â€
Anderson said people who drive on N.C. 16 between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., as well as in the evening, know what traffic is like.
â€œHaving a bus service would help us with transportation,â€ he said.
To date, Anderson said many people have indicated an interest early on when CATS first mentioned the proposal.
Another factor with the proposed bus service is to see if Lincoln County will be in a possible non-attainment area, which means an area where the air pollution levels persistently exceed the national ambient air quality standards.
This is a brand new issue to Lincoln County. Currently, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties are designated as non-attainment. Anderson said a transportation plan is currently being developed through the Centralina Council of Governments to see if this is going to be a problem. by Amy Wadsworth