Transportation

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    Turns out people just prefer to drive

    It was published a couple weeks ago, but this article from The Charlotte Observer is just perfect.  Under the title, Charlotte’s light rail was supposed to change our attitude about cars. It hasn’t. Ely Portillo talks about the fact that, despite the millions spent on rail, developments around the line…
    Julie Tisdale, May 19, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the challenges a new Democratic governor presents to Republican legislative budget writers. John Trump’s Daily Journal examines a bill to penalize slow-moving drivers who clog the fast lane.
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2017
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    Unanimous N.C. Appeals Court panel rules against I-77 toll lane critics

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower-court ruling against WidenI77, a group opposing the N.C. Department of Transportation’s planned toll lanes on a section of I-77 north of Charlotte. A trial judge had dismissed the toll lane critics’ arguments that the law allowing…
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2017
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    Barron’s editorial page editor turns to dead economists in addressing United scandal

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s explains how two noted economists might have responded to the current United Airlines controversy. If Alfred E. Kahn and Julian Simon were alive today, they would be spinning in their graves—along with thousands of other economists who spent their lives preaching the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2017
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    Price controls and the United controversy

    The Washington Examiner editorial board explores the role of federal price controls in the recent United Airlines scandal. … United had a full flight and needed two seats for employees, probably lest a plane full of people in Kentucky be delayed for lack of a flight…
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2017
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    The private sector and America’s best infrastructure

    Edward Hamberger writes at the Washington Examiner about one area in which American infrastructure stands out. If death and taxes are certainties in life, so too now is the fact that America’s public infrastructure is failing. Without real leadership and dollars, this will not…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    President Trump has nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jon Guze assesses Gorsuch’s record and his likely impact on the high court during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson analyzes the new N.C. Senate…
    Mitch Kokai, February 10, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a libertarian analyst’s criticism of President Trump’s immigration order. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the federal government should reduce, not increase, its involvement in funding transportation projects.
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2017