Toll lanes delayed on this major highway + 1st Charlotte suburb lands Bird scooters

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1. Toll lanes for Independence Boulevard are delayed. When should drivers expect work to begin?

Drivers tool along Independence Boulevard, where long-planned construction for toll lanes has been pushed back four years to 2030, on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2022 in Charlotte, N.C.
Drivers tool along Independence Boulevard, where long-planned construction for toll lanes has been pushed back four years to 2030, on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2022 in Charlotte, N.C.

If you’re like me and drive on Independence Boulevard everyday, here’s some news: Toll lane construction for the traffic-clogged highway has been delayed four years.

Work is now set to begin in 2030, according to North Carolina’s new 2024-2033 transportation improvement plan.

The NC Department of Transportation plans to convert bus lanes to toll or “express” lanes on a 5-mile stretch of Independence Boulevard from Interstate 277 to Wallace Road southeast of uptown, and eventually to I-485 in Matthews, according to the state’s online project page.

The construction is now expected to cost $96 million, according to the latest NCDOT estimate.

For the full story, read more from Joe Marusak.

2. Coming to a sidewalk near you: 1st Charlotte suburb lands Bird scooters

Fifty electric Bird scooters will be available in Matthews starting Friday.
Fifty electric Bird scooters will be available in Matthews starting Friday.

Fifty electric scooters will go live in Matthews Friday, in an effort to expand access to affordable and environmentally-friendly transportation.

The town hopes the scooters will “help people with that first mile-last mile connection” to public transit, Matthews spokeswoman Maureen Keith told The Charlotte Observer. She added that the scooters will “increase mobility and flexibility throughout Matthews.”

Mayor Pro-Tem Ken McCool will ride a scooter outside Matthews Town Hall Friday morning to mark Bird’s arrival.

Gabe Castro-Root has that story.

3. More flight changes planned for CLT airport’s American Airlines lineup

American Airlines planes sit at terminals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Charlotte, NC.
American Airlines planes sit at terminals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Charlotte, NC.

Beginning September 7, American Airlines will discontinue regional service from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to Flint, Michigan.

The newest change comes one week after American Airlines confirmed its plans to drop three other routes from CLT.

The ongoing national pilot shortage is the cause for the discontinuation of some flight destinations. American Airlines said the shortage could continue to affect schedules for some time.

Read more from Hannah Smoot.

4. After Winthrop allegedly mishandled her sexual assault claim, one woman fought for justice

The tattoo on Rhianna Rausch’s right arm says “No means No.”
The tattoo on Rhianna Rausch’s right arm says “No means No.”

In 2020, Rhianna Rausch asked Winthrop officials to open a Title IX investigation into her alleged sexual assault.

It still remains unresolved. But she found out she’s not alone. This is “No Means No,” a special report from The Herald’s Cailyn Derickson.

5. Did Def Leppard-Motley Crue-Poison-Joan Jett concert (finally) go as planned?

Motley Crue members Nikki Sixx, left and Vince Neil, right, perform during The Stadium Tour 2022 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, June 28, 202. The concert featured Classless Act, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Poison and Def Leppard.
Motley Crue members Nikki Sixx, left and Vince Neil, right, perform during The Stadium Tour 2022 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, June 28, 202. The concert featured Classless Act, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Poison and Def Leppard.

After a run of six shows where Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee could only perform in a limited capacity while recovering from four broken ribs, “The Stadium Tour” came to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte Tuesday night.

The tour features glam-metal legends Joan Jett, Poison, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard. Despite rain that started 15 minutes before the event ended, the seven-hour show was full of ’80s rock nostalgia.

“This has been two years in the making to get here,” Poison lead singer Bret Michaels told the crowd. “I don’t care what happened tonight. I don’t care if it snowed. We were coming out here to throw a party.”

Read more of Théoden Janes’ review of the concert.

6. Some more stories to read

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