Charlotte has a new planning director!

Taiwo Jaiyeoba has a master of science in urban and regional planning and a bachelor of science in geography from Obafemi Awolowo University (Ife University) in Nigeria. The city says Jaiyeoba has more than 25 years of planning industry experience in the public and private sectors. He worked most recently for HNTB Corp. as associate vice president/regional business development leader for its Southeast Division. He’s lived in Charlotte since 2015.

HNTB Corp is the engineering firm that designed the $1.7 billion Lynx Light Rail Extension and the parking garage at the airport. In the past week, the new City Council has approved at least three new large developments. Let the good times roll!

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5 Responses to Charlotte has a new planning director!

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Let me know when the Lynx Light Rail Extension makes enough money to fund a second project. LOL

    I wonder how their break even price would compare to Uber for the same route.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Coming by 2020

      Construction is currently underway. It will connect Uptown for the three blocks to reach the proposed new Amtrak/Bus/Streetcar transit center, to be built for somewhere between $200-500 million

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        It reminds me of Minitel in France or Alex in Canada- to massively expensive programs by the state’s monopoly phone companies to spend a zillion dollars and put a dumb terminal in everyone’s home so they would save paper and no longer need to print phone books. The bureaucracy each created slowed each country’s adoption of the internet. It appears that the projects were well indented.

        The light rail projects do not appear any more well intended than Al Gore’s project to print his own counterfeit money which he calls “carbon credits” so he can get rich selling them to people. Light rail is to keep everyone one the government approved path whereas autonomous vehicles are all about taking you where you need to be according to your schedule.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          The transit system is being paid for (the local part) from a sales tax that is collected only in Mecklenburg County. There is also a $30 a year fee for having a car registered in the city/county (modest by Chicago standards)

          Americans generally support spending on public transit – as long as they don’t have to ride it.

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