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LETTERSTOTHECOMMUNITYWECANx19TSTOPNOWThereisnodoubtthatwewouldnothavemadeasmanystridesaswedidlastyearwithoutthesharedvisionandbi-partisanleadershipotheMetropolitanTransitCommissionMTCmembersx7Economicchallengescontinuetobeanobstacleorusasederalandstatebudgetsandsalestaxreceiptsremainconstrainedhoweverwewereabletomakeprogressonmaintainingtheexistingservicesandadvancingrapidtransitprojectsduringtheyearx7TheMTCunanimouslyapprovedtheFY2013TransitOperatingBudgetwhichrefectsa6percentgrowthinincomeromincreasedsalestaxreceiptsa25-centbaseareincreaseandancillaryrevenuewhileexpensesareprojectedtogrowata3x75percentrateovertheFY2012adoptedbudgetx7WealsoapprovedtheFY2013-2017CapitalInvestmentPlanwhichocusesonmaintainingtransitassetsadvancingtheLYNXBlueLineExtensionBLEintoFinalDesignandconstructionandprovidingundingtoexplorethenextstepsortheRedLineprojectx7AnewCountywideTransitServicesPlanwasadoptedprovidingthestrategicblueprintorimplementingandadjustingservicesorthenextx1veyearsx7Theplanproposesnewroutesmorerequentservicebettercross-townconnectionsandimprovedtraveltimex7Italsoocusesonexpandingparkandridelocationstohandleincreaseddemandenhancedcustomeramenitiessuchassheltersandbenchesandtechnologyenhancementsthatincludeanewareboxsystemandexpandedmobileappsandonlinepasssalesx7TheMTCalsodevelopedaederalandstatelegislativeagendaoutliningthestrategicinitiativeswithanemphasisonmaintainingcurrentundinglevelsneededtosupportpublictransitprojectsintheCharlotteregionx7ThegroupexpresseditssupportorNorthCarolinatoconductacomprehensivereviewostatewideregionalandlocaltransportationneedsbeoremakinganyadjustmentstothegastaxandotherpublictransitundingx7AttheederalleveltheMTCocusedoneortstoadvancetheullundinggrantagreementortheBLEwiththeMecklenburgDelegationothercongressionalleadersandtheFTAx7TheRedLineandSilverLinerapidtransitcorridorscontinuedtoadvancex7TheRedLineTaskForceworkedharddevelopinginnovativeundingstrategiesandconductingstakeholdermeetingsacrossthecountywhichledtoNCDOTundingaRailTrax1cControlstudyonraillinecapacityx7TheMTCalsodirectedstatodevelopaprocessandscheduleoranalignmentstudytoevaluatearailtransitalignmentalongtheSoutheastCorridorthatisnotinthemedianoIndependenceBoulevardx7ThedirectionortheSoutheastCorridorstudywasbasedonarecentanalysisconductedbyUrbanLandInstitutex7Asyoucanseeourpersonalcommitmenttoadvancepublictransitintheregionisnx19ttheonlythingthatstartsatthestopx7AndaswecontinuetoexpandthenumberodestinationsservicesandvehiclesavailabletocommuterstheeasieritisormorepeopletorideCATSx7Forthex1rsttimex7Forthenexttimex7Foreverytimex7MTCCHAIRMECKLENBURGCOUNTYBOARDOFCOMMISSIONERSCHAIRMANx13HAROLDCOGDELL1