Its disappointing that elected officials continue to endorse a plan that fails to deliver on the promise of regional transportation. What happened to basic common sense? Wake figured it out quickly. Why cant Durham? or Orange?
While it is laudable that GoTriangle and the Durham City council have recently discovered the importance of NCCU, it is amazing that they have just now discovered that NCCU was missing from the original DOLRT plan (despite years of letters from public). The Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) was submitted to the federal government and now GoTriangle is projecting that NCCU may be the highest station ridership in Durham? What does that say about the efficacy of the DOLRT planning? Surely we as taxpayers deserve better!
Having submitted the FEIS to the Federal government and failed to secure the anticipated 25% state funding, GoTriangle is now recognizing NCCU as a viable destination while projecting the second highest station ridership? This after all of the extensive studies culminating in the FEIS, and they just ‘woke up’ to this realization now that they have failed to secure state funding?
With the NCGA reiterating the earlier 10% state funding cap (and requiring DOLRT project be re-evaluated in 2 years with other competing state requests in the NC state transportation budget), GoTriangle is desperately trying to perpetuate DOLRT fantasy by shifting objectives yet again. This despite the failure to secure Federal or state funding.
Meantime, GoTriangle bureaucracy continues, consuming our hard-earned tax monies, studying and restudying the same information, desperately hoping for a different answer (and inflated ridership) to perpetuate this ill-conceived albatross of a project called DOLRT without addressing local residents concerns. DOLRT will serve less than 2% of our current population!
And within 72 hours of GoTriangle’s press release, our elected Durham officials unanimously approve the expansion of a $1.6 BILLION project with only cursory public comment.
Stop this madness. Stop this runaway train. We need a viable transit plan. Where is Plan B?
A common misconception I hear from conservatives and neoconservative hipsters alike is that this rail will cost too much money and only serve rich people. Please consider that most of this rail will mostly serve poor and minority populations who will ALL be able to afford it. It will be FASTER than the bus, which is proven to be the main factor which lifts people out of poverty. Also consider that mixing poor people and rich people contributes to societal cohesiveness (a GOOD thing). Being a cynical pessimist might make you feel smart, but the reality is that this light rail is a no-brainer for the region.
WRAL.com estimated that the loss was about $500M, which is less than .001 (1/10 of 1%) of the State Economy.
Now the can pretend to care about poor people despite this plan focusing primarily on carting around wealthy duke/unc professors and students.
This light rail is a joke and nothing but a black hole for tax $$. The citizens of Durham/Orange will fight it to the end. The dollars and environmental impact has been studied and published.
You can't lose what you never had. The ACC will lose when it's fans don't leave to the state to view games.
This article really misses the mark. There are lots of things wrong with some of these new developments, but too little parking is not one of them. Mandatory minimums for parking are worthless and just encourage more car-centric behavior and planning. I'm heartened to hear that this apartment complex has a parking shortage. Indeed, I'd be thrilled if Chapel Hill had a town-wide parking shortage - maybe then we would get some real bike lanes and paths (instead of the worse than useless and idiotically named sharrows), along with a bus system that caters to the broader community beyond UNC.
How much tax money has McCory spent on lawyers trying to defend the UN-defendable....McCory is an idiot a moron....anything but smart...This is our fearless leader who has put NC out as the laughing stock of the country just like Kansas....2016 LETS SEND THIS BIG STOOP HOME...
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