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Charlotte bus route on agenda

Residents have another chance tonight to tell county commissioners if they would use a bus service from east Lincoln to Charlotte.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Room on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
An express bus system operated by the Charlotte Area Transit System would likely pick up passengers at N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 and take them to Charlotte. A stop near Lincolnton has also been considered.
The service would cost the county about $53,000 — half of the operational costs. CATS covers the rest.
Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of Lincoln County as one of a number of areas with ozone levels that are too high, the bus system could come at a crucial time. If counties don’t take steps to improve air quality, millions of dollars in transportation funds could be taken away. Such public transportation could be seen as an effort.
But commissioners want to know if residents would actually use the service if it were provided.
Just three people spoke at a public hearing on the subject during a public hearing April 5. The residents all spoke in favor of the system, saying they would use it to get to their jobs in uptown Charlotte.
CATS already runs buses for commuters in Gaston, Iredell, Union, Cabarrus York counties.
Because of a problem with advertising, this second hearing is being held tonight.
In other business, commissioners could vote on a proposed 88-lot subdivision in eastern Lincoln County.
The county Planning Board will recommend that commissioners approve the application from Robert Hecht to rezone 73 acres along Burton Lane and Dellinger Road to accommodate a planned residential district.
The application met opposition from neighbors during the April 5 meeting. Residents cited traffic, safety and environmental concerns as reasons why the rezoning shouldn’t be approved.
Commissioners will also consider applications from David Dupree and David Wilson; Enrico Piraino and Giusto Pirainao; and Charles Ballard. by Alice Smith

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