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Bonnie Hauser 
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Re: “GoTriangle Will Soon Learn Whether Light Rail Will Move to the Next Stage of the Grant Application Process

Lets not forget that if the FTA approves this phase but does not approve the funding in 2020, Durham and Orange will spend $100 million on #DOLRT studies for naught.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 07/05/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “In Raleigh and Wake County, Taxes Are Going Up as the Legislature Offers Tax Cuts

I love content that explains money - but this one is pretty simplistic. The tax increases in Raleigh have nothing to do with the state. It's mostly the costs of urbanization and growth. Transportation, parks and greenways, and other amenities all cost money. Wake and Raleigh each have lots of them, At the county level, Wake's schools have done a lot with a little - and its reassuring to know that the county and the school board are working to get some of politics out of the school funding process.

As a city, Raleigh has added incredible service and recreational resources, the county has excellent schools and they boast some of the lowest taxes in the state. I think some of us are worried about the pace of development - but the economics and tax policy is impressive - and compared to Orange and Durham, Wake is hitting it out of the park.

Its easy to blame everything on the state. They deserve it - especially when it comes to healthcare and Medicaid expansion - something that counties are doing nothing about. Gentrification is undermining affordable housing everywhere - and the counties are all benefiting from the increase in property taxes. And like it or not - Wake has seen impressive job growth -something that benefits everyone.

So please help us connect the right dots so we can stop the partisan nonsense and start holding every politician accountable for helping to create communities that we all can be proud of.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 06/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

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where was the Indy on the light rail discussion.Its part of the same trend - serving gentrification

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 06/14/2017 at 10:18 AM

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

You left out the biggest cost overrun - GoTriangle added $935 million in debt which in turn added over $900 million in interest - all payable by Orange and Durham. So the net effect is instead of 25% of $1.4 billion, local citizens will be paying 55% of $3.3 billion - or $1.9 billion.

The Durham-Wake Commuter Rail is NOT funded. Neither is the MLK BRT in Chapel Hill. Oh and planned bus hour expansions have been cut.

So if you cannot afford to live along the corridor and you're not going to Durham or UNC, you'll need a car.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 04/12/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “If Durham and Orange County Want Light Rail, They’ll Have to Pay Up

The $240 million assumes that the state funds at the maximum 10% - and is the tip of the iceberg.

The project is now estimated to cost over $2 billion - and its still in planning stages. If the counties assume 40% (or more) of the risk, what is their risk for project overruns? 40% or more? Oh - and we wont see the first train before 2028 - when we're going to need a lot more service than a train running between Duke and UNC.

Increased financing costs (interest expense) are likely to be in the tens of millions. That's because the feds have slowed their reimbursement rates -and GoTriangle doesn't have a credit rating. Then there's inflation - and all signs are pointing to higher interest rates in the future. Don't forget compounding.

Thanks to Mr Reece and others who are genuinely concerned about the future and want to bring robust, high quality transportation Durham and Orange County. Shame on those who continue to represent that DOLRT is an alternative to roads and congestion. With all the park n rides and at-grade crossings in downtown, DOLRT is likely to make things a lot worse. A transit-oriented community needs a lot more than an expensive train in 2028.

Wake County will have 140 miles of high speed/high frequency transportation throughout the county, long before the first DOLRT train leaves the station. Here's what Wake is planning. Worth considering.…

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 12/14/2016 at 11:34 AM

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

As a strong supporter of the new Wake plan, I'm disappointed that Paul blames the republicans for the decision to not pursue LRT. If I remember correctly, the independent consultants, hired by the democrats, recommended bus rapid transit as a more flexible and cost effective alternative.

If voters say "yes", Wake will have countywide transportation before Durham and Orange residents get to ride on a LRT that connects UNC with Durham, and leaves commuters in the dust.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 10/05/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

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?

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 09/23/2016 at 1:51 PM

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