Transportation

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    CJ Reports: Senate votes to repeal Map Act, bill goes to governor

    “The Map Act’s days may be numbered,” writes Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello in her article on the Map Act and the prospective eminent repeal of it. She reports that the North Carolina Senate unanimously voted June 12 to repeal the Map Act, a law which bars property owners from…
    Brenee Goforth, June 18, 2019
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    CJ Reports: N.C. dodges a public-transit bullet

    Earlier this week, Carolina Journal’s Leonard Robinson reported on the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Project that was unanimously voted down this past April. His reporting showed how this rejection of the proposed project is a reflection of how commuters realistically prefer to travel in North Carolina. According to…
    Brenee Goforth, June 6, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Leonard Robinson reports for Carolina Journal Online that a recent study suggests North Carolina dodged a public-transit bullet with the now-scrapped Durham-Orange light rail project. Jordan Roberts’ Daily Journal highlights the impact of hospital mergers on patients.
    Mitch Kokai, June 4, 2019
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    Case for electric cars labeled as ‘phony’

    John Merline writes for Issues & Insights about the increased push for electric cars. How is it possible that the air is vastly cleaner? Because new cars are more efficient and less polluting. And as the fleet of cars turns over, air pollution levels steadily decline. Yet news…
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2019
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    Red-light cameras and unintended consequences

    The programs are sloppy. They can't pinpoint only those people who are running red lights.
    Jon Sanders, May 29, 2019
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    California’s high-speed rail proved successful … for the well-connected

    Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner explains why California’s now-abandoned high-speed rail line was not a total failure (at least in the eyes of its major advocates). California high-speed rail was never anything more than massive corporate welfare ripoff. Anyone who said otherwise was either a dupe or…
    Mitch Kokai, May 28, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis will face a Republican primary challenge in 2020 from conservative author and businessman Garland Tucker. Rick Henderson analyzes Tucker’s electoral bid. He also discusses other developments in North Carolina’s next Senate race for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts spells…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2019
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    How North Carolina gained $470 million annually for transportation

    The Highway Fund and Highway Trust Fund pay the transportation needs of North Carolina. For most of their existence, these funds also transferred money to the General Fund and paid for operations of the State Highway Patrol. Bipartisan efforts since 2005 have ended these payments, meaning state government has $470…
    Joseph Coletti, May 6, 2019