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Posted by Tony Dockery on 10/12/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Has Raleigh’s Bus System Been Left to Languish Because Many of Its Riders Are Poor and Black?

funkilla - please see the plan discussed by Mr. Blest in his articles. That's what we plan to build.

You can check it out at

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Posted by JohnNC on 10/12/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Has Raleigh’s Bus System Been Left to Languish Because Many of Its Riders Are Poor and Black?

Interesting that the article includes a photo of the Moore Square Station. No mention about the $7 million upgrade from the city that is expected to be completed next month.

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Posted by Dana Walker on 10/12/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Has Raleigh’s Bus System Been Left to Languish Because Many of Its Riders Are Poor and Black?

Raleigh is going to have to do something about public transportation to make getting around possible with the growth that we have and expecting in the future. That means having routes that comes out into the suburbs like Knightdale, Garner, Cary, Wake Forest. That means providing incentives for people to use public transportation for commuting, like a preloaded benefit on a SmarTrip card like DC. That means the routes not taking for-ev-er to get around (shorter routes? more buses?). That includes more express routes. That includes bus-only lanes.

As a transplant from DC, Raleigh really needs to step up its game. People will take public transportation if it's worth it to. People take public transportation in DC (and not just the "poor black" people, but nearly everyone) because it's convenient. I'd rather sit on a metro or a bus for 25 minutes than to sit in traffic for 30. I'd rather pay bus fare than parking meter. I'd rather not have to worry about parking. But public transportation is just too inconvenient for me. There's one bus that comes out to where I live, it's just an express bus too, so it doesn't really connect to other routes, so I'd have take the express to the transfer station and back-track to get to where I need to go.

Traffic is only going to get worse, and we need a revitalized public transportation system that works for its residents.

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Posted by funkilla on 10/12/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Here Are Seven INDY Public Records Requests That the Governor’s Office Has Ignored

And to think, McCrory recently complained about the 1984-esque atmosphere in NC...

Posted by Jon Howell on 10/12/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: McCrory vs. Cooper, Round Two

Dear copy and paster in Chief,

Is this supposed to be somewhat informative?


2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AntonioVivaldi on 10/12/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Bus service is a social service necessity. Not just for low income citizens, but senior citizens that legally should not be driving - but still do to avoid becoming prisoners in their homes, people will medical conditions from epilepsy to a variety of eye problems to those with broken legs, etc. And DWI offenders who simply should not be given an exception to drive to and from work.

Bus service is a necessity for the transit dependent. There is no "No buses, everybody drive" option.

Car drivers get a massive $100 billion a year subsidy - so let's not talk about the inequity of subsidizing transit. Fuel taxes, tolls and license tags pay for less than half the cost of building and maintaining roads and highways when they should pay 120% (the extra 20% to schools for lost property taxes - railroads pay property taxes on their roads).

Better bus and rail service can attract riders that have a choice. And this is fairer to those that cannot drive (they get no benefit from that $100 billion/year subsidy for raids).

The French have discovered that total lifecycle costs for trams (light rail) is cheaper than buses for busy routes. That is why almost every town of 100,000 in France has recently built two tram lines.

Posted by AlanfromBigEasy on 10/11/2016 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Loathe Hillary? Fine. Vote for Her, Anyway. Democracy Depends on It.

If they cared about democracy they wouldn't have made a mockery of it during the primary.

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Posted by musicfounds on 10/10/2016 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Loathe Hillary? Fine. Vote for Her, Anyway. Democracy Depends on It.

Understandable take on the presidential race, but glosses over the benefits a third-party could gain from hitting the 5 percent threshold in the election.

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Posted by Ryan Gray on 10/10/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

"No one should be scared to come before a court of law in our county or our country to prosecute an assault, to report a theft, to provide the best for his children." - WOW! She says she sits in on domestic violence cases but can't even recognize when financial and emotional abuse is sitting right in her face and even when evidence of it can be proven. It comes as NO surprise that of all the family court judges, she scored the lowest in every category, particularly fairness, competence, clerical/administrative abilities and experience. Vote this woman off the bench. She's ruined more children's lives than she has enhanced them. Just shameful!!!!

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/10/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Napoli Gourmet Pizza’s Roving Truck Slings the Best Pies in the Triangle

Napoli is the only pizza the adults in this house will eat. No equal anywhere in the area. Thank goodness we live in Carrboro!

Posted by Maureen Berner on 10/09/2016 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Why Aqua NC customers are furious about their service

I just moved to North Carolina. My first bill (just a little over 1 month in this house) was $144....Absolutely outrageous!!! We previously lived in Texas, and at that time had more kids at home (ie more laundry etc) and even at height of summer with watering outside the max bill was $75. (BTW...all our appliances are energy/water efficient!!)...The bill had me angry...but we haven't had water for close to 24 hours now. I understand the heavy rains with H. Matthew did a number on NC..but we have electricity, cable etc, just not WATER!! I have been calling since 7 am this morning, and when I can get through get told to call back in a couple of person said it is a pumping problem..but we have not buying that it is an electricity outage!! PLUS, for future reference to those people of Aqua..put out an automated message on your line when you have major outages...tell us what is going on and if you know when approx water will be back on, tell us, if not then tell us that...just be straight with us. ALSO...put on that notice, and instruct your customer service folks (for when we are lucky enough to get through...about boil water recommendations...NOT nice to find out after we have already drank the las water we could get from the tap...ESPECIALLY when we are a bit challenged with indoor plumbing as a result of NO water.
For this amount of money a month, I would expect better service!!!! And not a suggestion that we might want to drive more inland to get water..WTF...we are inland!!!

Posted by MMcBride on 10/09/2016 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Clown Story Far from Over

Lol, excellent coverage!

Posted by Mike Campbell on 10/09/2016 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Wake County School Board Chairman Says Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Playing Politics with Transgender Students’ Lives

Let's be realistic that HB2 wouldn't exist without Charlotte/Mecklenburg making an issue of it. Don't blame the Republicans or Sheriff Harrison.

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Posted by Alfred Barnes on 10/09/2016 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Only one original member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops remains, but the group's mission spreads

Why is that even a conversation?i wonder the intent in highlighting the 2 comments when there were probably many more.In this case maybe all should look within to examine intent.

Posted by Julia Elizabeth Kneece Gregg on 10/09/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties BINGO Night

Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties (JLDOC) invites you to BINGO - Wednesday, October 12th from 6-9pm at the Durham Armory.

For more info, please visit this webpage! We have GREAT prizes lined up!!

BINGO and other events raise critical funding for the JLDOC’s training and volunteer programs, as well as our work with over 100 different community organizations. In the 2015-2016 League year we made a long term commitment to encourage Healthy Living in our communities. This fall, the JLDOC initiated a league-wide community partnership with local organization Farmer Foodshare. Farmer Foodshare strives to make fresh, local food available to those in the community who need it most while making sure the farmers growing it make a healthy living.

Posted by kandm710 on 10/08/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Protects Red Wolves, Blasts U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Judge Terrence Boyle saves North Carolina from the abyss once again.

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Posted by Nate on 10/07/2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Raleigh City Council Kicks the Can on Airbnb Rules … Again

You say "Dickie Thompson, who unsuccessfully motioned to adopt the rules." but what were the other votes?

Posted by MBH on 10/07/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Dance Review: Ashley McCullough's Conscious Oblivion Leaps Out at Emergence

We didn't receive the photo credit with the picture, but I'm happy to add it now.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 10/07/2016 at 4:23 PM

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