Many Lincoln County residents were present at a public hearing in support of a proposed bus line from Denver to Charlotte at Monday nightâ€™s Board of Commissioners meeting.
The public hearing was held in order to get an idea whether people in east Lincoln County would actually use the bus line, which would be provided by the Charlotte Area Transit System.
Christine McFadden, a Denver resident, said she believed the bus line would benefit the whole county.
â€œThis side of the lake is booming, and the traffic is going to increase,â€ she said.
Debbie Steffy, who commutes everyday to Charlotte from Denver, said she would definitely benefit from public transportation.
â€œYou wait so long at the lights, and the congestion is going to continue to increase,â€ she said.
Steffy said if the Charlotte Area Transport System is willing to participate with Lincoln County, they should take advantage of that.
Bill Skinner, who moved to Denver a year ago from Ohio, said he is used to riding on public transportation.
â€œ(N.C.) 16 is bad,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t even think the new highway is going to help.â€
Skinner said the Charlotte Area Transport System proposal is one the board of commissioners needs to accept.
The proposed bus route would start at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73. Stops would be made in Mt. Holly and Huntersville and then continue on to Charlotte.
Patrons could drive their cars to N.C. 16 and leave them parked in a lot for the day.
The cost of the bus service would be approximately $106,000 per year. The Charlotte Area Transport System would cover 50 percent of this cost and Lincoln County would cover the other half.
If the bus route to Charlotte approved, the target date to begin the bus service would be June 7.
A second public hearing will be held at the next commissionersâ€™ meeting on April 19. by Amy Wadsworth