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Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

Mark Bahner Excellent points. Car companies are already adjusting themselves to the future state where they are fleet providers or run the fleets themselves. This new ownership model will free huge amounts capital currently locked up in vehicles that sit in driveways 80% of the time. Connected fleets will free up wasted space on the roads, autonomously form "platoons" based on destination and ultimately obsolete stopping or yielding at intersections. Connected fleets will ultimately get to the holy grail of public transportation affordable point to point connections.

I too hope that the politicians wake up to the fact that people are on to them and stop this terrible waste of money. I also hope the voters take out the ones that voted for this when the opportunity arises. #riggedsystem

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/02/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Art of Cool Festival, Night One: Revive Big Band's Music-History Concert Leaves Out Women to an Absurd Degree

Revive is my people. If folks were offended by this, I can assure you it wasn't intentional. Revive Music was created and is operated in large part by one mastermind, an amazing woman, Meghan Stabile. The amount of events she's done that's either featured, spotlighted and championed women of color in American Music, past and present, is unsurpassed - Nina Simone, KING, Dorothy Ashby, Dianne Reeves, Helen Sung, Brandee Younger, Terri Lynn Carrington, etc. This concert may not represent that sentiment to some, but if anything, anyone who was there and/or is reading this article, please take away the important message, which is that Black American's did more than contribute to the artistic and social constructs of this nation - we are the very foundation of it. We are the mirror to the life of many generations. Do not allow this slant, this POV, to condemn all the amazing and incomporable work that Revive does for music. If you're in NYC, check out their event this weekend, a tribute to an legendary female musician, Abbey Lincoln. It features Esperanza Spalding, Carrington https://www.facebook.com/events/1129475177179382/

And this, later in the month...

https://www.facebook.com/events/1020786694721937/

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Posted by Matthew Allen on 05/02/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

Oh yea and ill conceived because they signed and agreement has a clause that eliminates the only two stations in Orange county on private land if the project gets in trouble.

Ill conceived because even though Orange and Durham county taxpayers are expressly not on the hook, the reality is that GoTriangle Bonds will be reliant on Orange and Durham endorsements (and tax authority) to gain a reasonable interest rate.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/01/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

Ill conceived because it paves over (impervious surfaces) a watershed in the name of reducing sprawl, but history shows that LRT drives up property values and drives those with moderate incomes out increasing sprawl.

Ill conceived because it sucks up all the transit money for 45 years leaving other transit dependant folks out in the cold. Ill conceived because it magnifies a regressive tax focusing the benefit on the well off.

Ill conceived because the federal share will largely going to pay the long term debt, so that money does not come back to the community.

Ill conceived because it will make traffic worse with 40 at grade crossings

Ill conceived because UNC and Duke the largest benifactors are contributing NOTHING

Ill conceived because it will expand the pool of low wage workers and continue to assist UNC in not paying a living wage.

I am especially disappointed in Mark Marcoplos and Mark Doroson who CLAIM to be on the side of living wage and social justice but when it comes down to it they cave to the special interests. #latecapitalism

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/01/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Cherry Pie

I love cherry pie

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Posted by Zacourie Jackson on 05/01/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

"gmbmnc, I assume that you are one of the few that can afford a self driving car for oh... I don't know 75k-250k."

Self-driving cars will be available in less than 5 years for under $30k. But almost no one will own a car in the future. It will be far less expensive and far more practical to order transportation as a service, like an airplane ticket or a taxi.

"I will ride the LTR daily to work."

You won't because it won't be built. (Thank goodness. It would be a waste of $3+ billion.) If it was built, it would be silly to spend money on such slow transportation, rather than order door-to-door computer-driven transport that's much faster.

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Posted by Mark Bahner on 05/01/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

"Uh...how is it an ill conceived plan?"

It's ill conceived because it totally neglects the transportation revolution that's coming in the next 20 years. Rail service is not expected to be operational until 2029. By 2029, fully autonomous (computer-driven) buses will be available for essentially the same cost as a human-driven bus. Today, a 15-seat cutaway bus can be purchased for under $150,000. Let's say they double in price by 2029. That would mean a 15-seat cutaway bus would be available for $300,000.

The cost of this project is $3.3 billion. That means more than 10,000 fully autonomous cutaway buses could be purchased for the same price as this single light rail project. Which would transport more people, 10,000 fully autonomous buses that can go on any road anywhere, and stop anywhere, or a single light rail line with a fixed route and fixed stops?

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Posted by Mark Bahner on 05/01/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “State Senator Receiving Shipments of Lard After Anti-Women's March Tweet

I forgot that some people still cook with lard, as it seems like a product from yesteryear much like...well, you know, certain ideas and tweets by publicly elected officials.

Posted by fishareavegetable on 05/01/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

gmbmnc, I assume that you are one of the few that can afford a self driving car for oh... I don't know 75k-250k. I will ride the LTR daily to work. If you won't, that's your business.

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Posted by fishareavegetable on 05/01/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

Uh...how is it an ill conceived plan? I want it to come to fruition. I live in Chapel Hill and work at Duke, if it's faster than a bus and never stops once, it would save me a lot of time and energy. This is much better than a 55 minute bus ride to work! As for "why don't you drive?" parking is very expensive, and I'd rather save my money by using GoTriangle. LRT benefits working professionals and we need it!

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Posted by fishareavegetable on 05/01/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Durham Wants to Help Homeowners Whose Tax Bills Have Gone Up Because of Revitalization. But Should They Have to Pay the City Back If They Move?

Since when is it the government's responsibility to loan $$ for people to pay their taxes (which the government determines). Can't everyone get a loan to pay their taxes, or are certain populations cherry-picked? Who is going to get taxed higher in order to pay for these loans? I think we all know, the OTHER taxpayers. Where's the "equality"?

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 04/30/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

THIS is not the infrastructure needed. This is a new project that has no necessisty whatsoever. Only some Commissioners and a developer will gain (making $$). This has a great environmental impact, is way too costly for taxpayers that won't use it, and will become the black hole in which money will be poured. A complete waste to have a damn rail system going from Durham to Orange County. Bus routes will be cut for the few that will ride it. This is the worst case of taxpayer waste I have witnessed in a long, long time, and that says a lot.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 04/30/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Couples Are Unique. Weddings Can Be, Too.

This is the most obnoxious, navel gazing piece about a wedding that I've read in a while. I thought I was reading an Onion article. I love Durham and Indy Week will always be in my news feed for that reason, but this is a mess. Not everyone can afford a three day smorgasbord of craft and hipster everything. The smugness of the quote about guests being jealous of how this couple did their wedding... Essentially, in trying to buck with tradition, this couple became snobbier than a Southern country club bridezilla. (The paper would never have published this drivel with Lisa, JHT, JP and B. Ball.)

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Posted by mv87 on 04/29/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Despite Previous Agreement, Low-Income Forest Hill Apartments Residents Again to Vacate by April 30 or Face Eviction

man, that is so cold and heartless. it is very hard to find an affordable apartment much less find the money to move, deposits, time off of work, etc. there just never seems to be a break for the people that need it the most. it tells me all i need to know about daniel eller's character and shows me how the chamber of commerce defines professional of the year. mr eller is not a positive refection on them. it is always money over people. ethics are so old fashioned and it makes the honest person feel like a sucker to even think a person will act according to them.

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Posted by swabby on 04/27/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Beer and Wine Wholesalers Gave $53K to ABC Committee Members Last Year, Beat Back a Proposal to Raise Breweries’ Self-Distribution Cap

And THIS is why we have the government we do. Money, plain and simple, buys votes. If you give enough of it, you can get WHATEEEEVER you want. That's why there should be term limits AND time gap requirements between serving in an elected seat and becoming a lobbyist.

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Posted by Brannon White on 04/27/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

"Even at 3.3 Billiion it's still worth it. The USA desperately needs to transition to public transportation."

A new cutaway bus cost $67,000 on average in 2007. In 2017, the number is probably closer to $100,000. (See FTA's report, "An Evaluation of the Market for
Small-to-Medium-Sized Cutaway Buses.")

Therefore, for $100 million, Durham could buy *1000* cutaway buses. Why is it worthwhile to spend more than $1 billion on light rail and commuter rail if $100 million could buy 1000 buses? Especially if those buses could be fully autonomous (computer-driven) in 10-20 years?

Doesn't it make more sense to spend $100 million for 1000 fully autonomous cutaway buses than to spend more than $1 billion (more than 10 times as much) for a light rail line that is much more limited in capability?

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Posted by Mark Bahner on 04/26/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Durham Wants to Help Homeowners Whose Tax Bills Have Gone Up Because of Revitalization. But Should They Have to Pay the City Back If They Move?

Not ideal but it's a start. My concern with this plan is that it in many ways forces people to move within 4 years to pay back the loan and that just delays the process and kicks the problem down the road. Durham is great for its diversity, ethnically and socioeconomically.

This plan does nothing to solve that particular problem.

This plan also assumes that property values will continue to increase and we won't see a crash. While we all hope this doesn't happen, banking on it is unwise, especially in areas where property values are increasing so rapidly that people need the assistance.

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Posted by torifile on 04/26/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

I'd like this light rail, however, it's still way too easy to drive in the area. Supply and demand dictate that this light rail is not needed, especially for that price. Wowsers, 3.3 billion. That's more than $7,000 for every man, woman, and child in Orange and Durham Counties.

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Posted by J Preston Evanwood on 04/26/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “North Carolina Is the Last State to Automatically Prosecute Sixteen- and Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults

16 and 17 year olds should not be charged as adults except for the most heinous of crimes and certainly never for non-violent crimes be they felonies or misdemeanors. Even then there should be a probable cause hearing before a judge to determine if such a procedure is appropriate.

Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

Even at 3.3 Billiion it's still worth it. The USA desperately needs to transition to public transportation. Public transportation and its peripheral industries will create jobs that will get reduce unemployment and generate more money and tax revenue into the economy. It will also reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Even if it is used by low income people and students, there are many more of them than rich people.

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Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 8:59 AM

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