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    Hard Choices Progressives Don’t Want to Make

    Scott Sumner begins a recent discussion of California’s ill-fated high-speed rail project by noting: In many ways, California is the ideal place to build a high-speed rail line. The state has two giant metro areas, separated by 380 miles, which is the “sweet spot” for high-speed rail. A high-speed…
    Jon Guze, February 17, 2019
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    California’s high-speed rail and lessons for the Green New Deal

    Helen Raleigh explains in a Federalist column why advocates of the Green New Deal should consider the fate of a high-profile California boondoggle. Less than one week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her “Green New Deal,” which includes fantasies such as replacing air travel with high-speed rail in…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that the state treasurer believes N.C. government doesn’t have enough debt capacity to build all road projects promised in a 2018 bond package. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal questions the costs of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.  …
    Mitch Kokai, February 7, 2019
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    Looking For a Job? Market For Last-Mile Deliveries is Booming

    I enjoy watching changes in consumer buying behavior and the adapting marketplace. It’s the classic scenario of ‘find a need and fill it.’ Smart entrepreneurs will always have their eye toward emerging trends. Today comes the story of how the transportation industry is booming due to demand for so-called…
    Donna Martinez, January 10, 2019
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    Uber and Lyft Are Popular, and That Has Boston Officials Concerned

    As if Boston officials don’t have enough real challenges to deal with, it seems some are concerned that too many people are benefitting from ride sharing in Boston –– about 96,000 each day in 2017, according to the Boston Globe. That can’t be a good thing, right? So what…
    Donna Martinez, January 9, 2019
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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. 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