Very impressive! It is great to see actual journalism vs. the rewriting of a press release.
MichaelB Thanks for being honest. I wager the home you own in Durham (pin hook, right between Duke East and Duke campus) value would greatly benefit from DOLRT if it is built.
Adding a lane to the bridges that cross New Hope Creek in the east west direction (which is where the traffic is going) is inevitable. I expect eventually 54 and Stagecoach will need to be widened due to the new development being foisted on Durham by the NCLeg, in fact if you look at the new bridge on Stagecoach it’s at least 4 lanes wide.
The watershed argument is specious also because the DOLRT route that was originally proposed (and preferred) cut a new path through the watershed at little creek and was only stopped by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Yet another shining example of poor planning by GoTriange and its predecessor TTA not to include the ACoE during planning and secure permissions.
BRT lanes added onto existing right of ways on 15-501 would have smaller impacts than DOLRT because the drainage ditches and shoulders already exist.
The thing that crystallized it for me, despite being one of the few people who might actually use the DOLRT occasionally, as I live near the proposed Woodmont station and work at Duke, was a meeting where a representative from the Chapel Hill town council spoke. He told us they saw Woodmont as an opportunity to build a new development and get things right that they hadn't in Meadowmont (where the station was originally supposed to be, but the wealthy homeowners lobbied to get it moved). So the station will be there, with no park & ride parking, in an area that is so low-density we don't even have bus service, because Chapel Hill want to do their developer friends another big favor. How many of the people living in Woodmont will actually use the train?
Why this? Americans are sadly, myopically fixated on this and similar issues. Artists as well as ordinary citizens should be quietly and diligently personally devoted at all times to human dignity and basic rights. It doesn't have to be a show. Children die. Actually die - because their sleep is unsafe! If American children were dying in rates that malaria kills little Africans, we'd be up in arms (I hope). Little girls are forcibly circumcised. Others are sold into slavery. Women are stoned. Children with "defects" (deaf, Downs Syndrome) are treated like garbage, abused, neglected. We don't publicly condemn our celebrities for not speaking out on these atrocities. Why? If we are all equal citizens of the world, why do we care so much less about the horrific living conditions and substandard lives of the truly poor, and focus instead on "rights" of people who have, by world standards, EVERYTHING. Sorry is this is a bit of a rant, but having grown up in a third-world nation, this is my perspective.
"What if, this time, those Republicans who oppose light rail for all the wrong reasons—allergy to government spending, resentment of progressive city folk—happen to be right?"
This insulting reductivism, applied to anyone who disagrees with any of the progressive agenda, is what is driving the candidacy of Donald Trump. What if, quelle horreur, those non card carrying progressives are right about other things?
Why doesn't the Indy grow up and look at the issues facing Durham in an objective manner?
@jodys If you don't mind me asking how do you know "many members of the Avett camp aren't pro-HB2"?
Not sure what you mean by this "I wonder if when he says Avett shows are inclusive, Scott's focusing on including the people who choose to exclude."
If people are excluded that's their own doing isn't it?
You should be worry having a crooked candidate running for president who have the majority of her donors a list of Muslim Countries. Countries who want America to fall.
Posing with a riffle does not mean she will go into public and start shoot to people.
Great examples are the terrorist attacks against American citizens by Muslim terrorists.
Finally, the gun she is posing is a hunting rifle.
For those wondering why I'm here -- I was born in Durham, finished high school in Durham, moved back to Durham in 1999 and stayed until 2013 when my wife's job took me to Richmond. I still own the house I lived in for 9 years in Old West Durham. My Virginia license plate says "DURMITE." Richmond is a temporary stopover, but it's interesting as a counter-example because they're implementing the solution that Alex and others want. I am currently a student in the Urban and Environmental Planning department at UVA.
BRT has lower corridor capital costs (although not smaller corridor width -- if Alex stopped to think a moment he might realize that road corridors often use considerably more than two 14-foot wide lanes, and are often close to 50 feet themselves once drainage ditches and shoulders are incorporated). It also has considerably higher operating costs, uses more energy, and costs per passenger rise at a higher rate once the system is built. In short, LRT has a higher initial cost but lower ongoing costs than BRT.
As to any "baseless" assertions, again I'm out of country until next week and so can't take the time to pull this up while on vacation, but most of the key data are here: http://www.dchcmpo.org/programs/cmp/ Pull the NCDOT performance levels for the following corridors where they cross the New Hope watershed:
- Old Erwin
- Old Chapel Hill Rd.
- NC 54
- Stagecoach Rd
- NC 86 (which collects both New Hope Church Rd. and Mt. Sinai)
What you'll find is that they are all at or close to capacity. This is why there is no existing corridor room down which to put BRT. All solutions require adding existing corridor along almost the entire route, including crossing the sensitive watershed. Again, we've already used up all of the extra right-of-way we had in the 15-501 corridor with an expansion that cost hundreds of millions, which improved congestion but still did not bring the road back under reasonable capacity. That "cheap" option is gone.
So $100 million BRT options like Richmond has aren't available for the Durham to Chapel Hill connection. To get transit, we need new corridor.
Nobel use of public funds, to defend a law which never should have been enacted in the first place. Discrimination will never stand up over what is right and, expanding rights to everyone, equally, is always right. So, spending good money to defend a bad law, which will eventually be struck down as unconstitutional? Why are the citizens of NC not in complete revolt?
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