Transportation

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    Trump Wants to Build Roads Faster: Our Mitch Kokai Comments

    This week, JLF’s Mitch Kokai was quoted in a piece for Triangle Business Journal on the president’s recent infrastructure announcement. The reporter, Lauren Ohnesorge, explains: In a speech in the Roosevelt Room Thursday… [Trump told] reporters that it can take more than 10 years “just to get a permit to build…
    Brenee Goforth, January 15, 2020
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    To Be Or Not To Be? Raleigh’s Free Bus Line

    This week, JLF’s Joseph Coletti published a research brief on Raleigh’s free bus route, the R-Line Circulator. Coletti writes: Launched in 2008, R-Line ridership climbed to nearly 300,000 people in 2012 but was below 150,000 in 2017 after GoRaleigh decided not to add a third bus and expand service to…
    Brenee Goforth, January 8, 2020
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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019
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    Rural areas and Trump’s DOT plan

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner focuses on the potential impact for rural areas of the Trump administration’s transportation plan. After years of “discrimination” by Washington bureaucrats, rural communities are finally set to get a long overdue share of federal money for roads, rail, and airports, a key…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2019
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    Medicaid eats state budgets

    Pensions and health benefits for retired state employees are a significantly understated obligation for state governments, but until states actually budget money for those needs, Medicaid is the biggest threat to other state spending. The National Association of State Budget Officers reminds us of that with today’s release of the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on delays for N.C. Medicaid’s planned transition to managed care. John Hood’s Daily Journal questions the constitutionality of a new law that could delay payments to some Map Act victims.
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on strings attached to new funding for the N.C. Department of Transportation. Shannon Watkins’ Daily Journal looks into community college “noncompleters.”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2019
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    The N&O editors still suffer from Rail Consensus Denial

    The editors of The News & Observer continue to demand rail transit. They still have no idea how bad, wasteful, and unworkable an idea that is for the Triangle. The occasion for their latest editorial, “The Triangle should regroup around a new regional transit plan,” is the publication of…
    Jon Sanders, November 13, 2019