What does it mean to go Beyond 77?
As the main artery running through Charlotte, the 68-mile stretch of interstate between Statesville, NC and Rock Hill, SC serves a large community. The I-77 corridor is greater than just the interstate itself. It is a network of connections that allow us to mobilize our everyday lives. That’s why we conducted a massive study to identify strategies and solutions to improve mobility, and thus, the region.
Beyond 77 presents a plan that has been formulated with respect to resident perspective and has been vetted as the same. The final strategies and solutions are outlined in detail – including timing and coordinating parties needed.
The Beyond 77 study was completed in January of 2022. The Beyond 77 Task Force will begin implementing the study recommendations provided in the Beyond 77 Final Report in 2022.
Recommendations were Adopted by the CRTPO Policy Board on January 26, 2022
CRTPO, as the lead agency, will be using the outcomes of this study to begin implementing strategies & solutions in partnership with numerous stakeholders throughout the corridor and region.
- A1 – Marketing & Engagement Plan
- A2 – Marketing & Engagement Cumulative Report
- A3 – Committee Participation Tracker
- A4 – Needs Assessment & Study Strategies Technical Memorandum
- A5 – Plan Review Technical Memorandum
- A6 – Travel Demand Model Review & Modification Technical Memorandum
- A7 – Existing & Future Conditions Assessment Technical Memorandum
- A8 – Land Use Summary Technical Memorandum
- A9 – Preliminary Needs Technical Memorandum
- A10 – Rubric & Evaluation Process Technical Memorandum
- A11 – Funding Alternatives Strategies & Concepts Report
- A12 – Strategies & Solutions (S&Ss) User Guide and Individual S&S Sheets*
*Appendices to be uploaded soon
Why did we conduct a corridor study on I-77?
The Charlotte metro and surrounding regions are growing every day. Beyond 77 is a study designed to help address this dynamic growth, and create long-term transportation solutions within the I-77 study area. The I-77 study area is greater than just the interstate itself. It is a network of connections that allow us to mobilize our lives every day. Our goal is to develop a plan that improves your daily commute and ultimately moves this community forward.
CRTPO kicked off Beyond 77 – a study focused on improving the user experience on and around the I-77 corridor. We are looking at travel patterns, transportation needs and desires of local residents. Your involvement will directly impact the future of travel along the I-77 study area. The plan was adopted in January 2022.
Completed Corridor Study Phases
You’ll tell us how you use the corridor.
January 2020 – August 2020
You’ll review areas of greatest need.
August 2020 – March 2021
You’ll choose preferred transportation solutions and weigh in on funding options.
April 2021 – September 2021
We’ll share the final recommendations you helped us create.
October 2021 – January 2022
You’ve spoken. We’ve listened.
Over the course of the 2-year study, Beyond 77 set the record for public involvement in the Southeast, with more than 25,000 survey responses captured. In each of three phases, the public was invited to participate in quantitative and qualitative surveys.
Why public feedback matters:
While it is required of Transportation Planning Organizations to capture public comment when drafting recommendations, the CRTPO made a point to engage the public on a whole new level. Public involvement was the driving force of the final strategies and solutions.
Far too often does the public express resistance to a transportation plan once it’s already in effect. CRTPO engaged the public through digital and traditional advertising, events, and public relations over the 2-year study to drive engagement with the survey and events.
Results at a Glance
Engagements on Social Media
Data Points Reviewed
Review our findings
Steering & Advisory Committees
Early on, the Beyond 77 planning team engaged a Steering and Advisory Committee to provide consistent input through the duration of the study. See their impact below.
Committee Response and Workshops
Committee Meetings and Workshops
Steering and Advisory committees convened throughout the study to review findings and provide feedback. Below, you can find a description on the makeup of each and a log of their meetings and response.
7/22/2021 & 7/28/2021
6/24/2021 & 6/28/2021
Implementation Workshop Summary (PDF)
Implementation Workshop Agenda (PDF)
Implementation Workshop Presentation (PDF)
Implementation workshop recording (YouTube)
Implementation workshop recording (YouTube)
Study Update Consolidated Generalized Agenda (PDF)
Study Update Steering Committee Meeting Summary (PDF)
Study Update Steering Committee Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Steering Committee Meeting Recording (YouTube)
Study Update Advisory Committee Meeting Summary (PDF)
Study Update Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Advisory Committee Meeting Recording (YouTube)
9/30/2020 & 10/6/2020
Innovation & Technology Brainstorming Workshop Summary (PDF)
Innovation & Technology Brainstorming Workshop Agenda (PDF)
Innovation & Technology Brainstorming Workshop Presentation (PDF)
Innovation & Technology Brainstorming Workshop Session Recording (9/30/2020)
Innovation & Technology Brainstorming Workshop Session Recording (10/6/2020)
8/3/2020 & 8/4/2020
Existing & Future Conditions Assessment Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Existing & Future Conditions Assessment Meeting Summary (PDF)
Existing & Future Conditions Assessment Presentation (PDF)
Existing & Future Conditions Assessment Videocast (YouTube)
Spring 2020 Update Memo (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions & Project History
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between I-77 and the I-77 Corridor?
The I-77 corridor is the 68-mile stretch between Statesville, NC and Rock Hill, SC. The corridor spans three miles from each side of Interstate 77 which includes the Interstate itself. Interstate 77 is simply the interstate, from shoulder to shoulder.
What is the purpose of the study?
The study aims to go beyond 77 and provide solutions to improve mobility in the area around the interstate to provide greater connectivity in our region.
Will you be getting rid of the toll (managed) lanes?
The study will NOT be eliminating the existing or proposed managed lanes on I-77, they are under the administration of NCDOT.
Is this study connected to the I-77 South toll (managed) lanes proposal?
No, the Beyond 77 Study is not involved in any way with the unsolicited proposal that was received for the I-77 South toll (managed) lanes.
Initial visioning and plans for the Beyond 77 project began nearly a decade ago – and are in no way a response to this newly surfaced unsolicited proposal.
How long will it be until your recommended solutions are implemented?
Some recommendations will be able to be implemented in a couple of years and are considered short-term (2022-2025). Other recommendations are considered long term (10-30 years out).
Who will pay for the improvements?
Part of the study itself is to propose funding solutions that will pay to make the recommended improvements. These funding solutions could range from increasing motor vehicle taxes to an increase in vehicle registration fees. We are currently evaluating options.
How can I engage with the study beyond the surveys?
How can I be alerted with survey updates?
The study was completed on January 26, 2022. If you are interested to hear more about implementation, follow us on Facebook @BeyondI77.
Who funded the study?
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) funded the corridor study through a federal grant administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Are Beyond 77 and CONNECT Beyond the same?
Beyond 77 and CONNECT Beyond are independent. CONNECT Beyond focuses on transit issues and solutions in Mecklenburg County as well as 11 nearby counties – like York and Lancaster in South Carolina. Beyond 77 focuses only on communities between Statesville and Rock Hill along the I-77 corridor and evaluates all forms of transportation, including but not limited to public transit.
- The Phase II survey closed on September 16, 2020.
- The study website, Beyond77.com, and survey when live on January 16, 2020; officially launching the public engagement campaign for Beyond 77 – move us forward.
- Three stakeholders meetings were held on December 17, December 18 and January 28 at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville, CPCC Harper Campus in Charlotte and Center City Partners in Charlotte, respectively.
- The marketing plan was reviewed and approved by CRTPO staff on December 2, 2019.
- Data collection and the Phase 1 kickoff meeting was conducted on November 5, 2019 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
- Project plans, phases and tasks were reviewed and approved by CRTPO staff and the technical committee following the kickoff meeting.
- The I-77 Corridor Study official kickoff meeting was conducted on September 13, 2019 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
- Atkins Engineering Inc. was selected as the prime consultant; the four subconsultants are CDM Smith, DRMP, BowStern and the Conti Group.
- On October 22, 2018, Charlotte City Council approved the execution of a municipal agreement with NCDOT to accept funding and negotiate the consultant contract.
- Technical scoping meetings were held with the Technical Coordinating Committee members from varies municipalities along 77. A draft technical scope and study area was outlined during these meetings and used to develop the advertisement of the RFQ for the study, which closed on August 7th.
- In Winter of 2017, interest meetings with elected officials from jurisdictions along the corridor and stakeholder agency leadership were held. The attendees provided meaningful feedback and expressed their thoughts on the significance of the study.
- The draft project limits are from Statesville, NC at exit 54 (US-21) to Rock Hill, SC at exit 77 (US-21) which is approximately 68 miles.
- The study will be funded using $2 million of NCDOT State Planning and Research Funds and is anticipated to be completed within 2 years.
- A major focus of the study area will be the parallel network and the east west connections along the corridor as well as other modes of transportation.
- The I-77 Corridor Study will comprehensively capitalize on past efforts and generate a vision for the overall system as well as identify strategies for achieving the vision through an ongoing collaborative community engagement process.
Agustin Rodriguez, PE
Beyond 77 Project Manager
For questions regarding this corridor study, please contact us at email@example.com.