Transportation

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    GoDurham buses losing money; but the train is coming

    Durham’s transit agency, GoDurham, is cutting routes and changing others as management tries to reduce a budget shortfall over the next five years. Plans for a  $2.47 billion light rail system to connect Durham and Chapel Hill continue to advance. How does that happen? The city started bus routes…
    Joseph Coletti, December 14, 2018
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    Scooters, Competition, and Entrepreneurship

    As cities like Raleigh grapple with how to react to the e-scooter revolution, at least one of the major scooter operators is already extending its business model by offering the chance to become a scooter entrepreneur. smartcitiesdive.com has the details: Bird will now let individuals manage and rent…
    Donna Martinez, December 3, 2018
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    Passenger trains aren’t that great for Europeans

    Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute counters the myth that European passenger trains offer a good model for American communities. The reality is that Europe’s trains are enjoyed by tourists, but they don’t work that much better for Europeans than the U.S. system works for Americans. According to…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Veto-proof Republican supermajorities are up for grabs in next week’s N.C. legislative elections. Becki Gray analyzes the potential impact on state policy during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson handicaps the most hotly contested congressional races. Wake Forest University philosophy professor Christian Miller explains…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper’s request that lawmakers fund a $750 million “down payment” on hurricane relief. John Trump’s Daily Journal explains why riders’ behavior will help determine whether N.C. cities crack down on electric scooters.
    Mitch Kokai, October 11, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on State Health Plan changes that would save money and boost transparency. The Daily Journal ponders tough choices policymakers face about rebuilding after Hurricane Florence.
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2018
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    More bike lanes, less bike ridership

    Christian Britschgi of Reason delivers disturbing news to anyone who has watched the proliferation of bike lanes in Raleigh and other cities. Despite spending millions of dollars on hundreds of miles of bikeways, American cities are seeing a big drop in the number of people who pedal their…
    Mitch Kokai, October 1, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on Wilson’s consideration of taxpayer-funded microtransit. John Hood’s Daily Journal contrasts the major parties’ approach to the size and scope of government.
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018