public transit

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    Public Transportation and COVID-19

    An MIT study on the factors that contributed to the transmission of COVID-19 has gotten a lot of traction recently. Dominic Coletti, research intern at the John Locke Foundation, wrote a research brief this week examining the report and explaining what it could mean for North Carolina. Coletti writes: A…
    Brenee Goforth, May 28, 2020
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    Rail transit is not the future

    Even transit experts who generally favor rail transit have been warning that the Triangle is too dispersed for rail transit (massively expensive, highly limited, inflexible fixed-route systems). In recent years, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft (inexpensive, up-to-the-minute, highly flexible, go-anywhere options) have brought about transportation options and choices not previously imagined.
    Jon Sanders, April 10, 2019
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    Media rage still can’t make light rail a viable transit option here

    The NYT is upset, but that doesn't change the reality that fixed-rail lines are a 19th century solution with a 19th century authoritarian approach to a 21st century problem. Should we build a super-expensive fixed line, when we could have flexible busing — oh, and Uber and Lyft?
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2019
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    Transit Has a Big Problem. It’s Called the Car.

    Los Angeles is all in on public transit. But as Governing reports, we want our own vehicle. And when we have a vehicle, we drive it. We don’t take a bus or rail. The idea that transit has a cache that will attract people simply doesn’t hold water. In Los…
    Donna Martinez, February 13, 2018
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    Almost $200M for non-highway expenditures

    NC lawmakers changed the gas tax so they would collect more revenue in upcoming years and eventually charge more at the pump.  Under the category of ‘Intermodal Divisions’ the state budget spends $191.4 million in the first year and $186.9 million in the second in this division.  What exactly is…
    Sarah Curry, September 15, 2015
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    A unique definition of dysfunction

    The N&O opines today that the Wake County Board of Commissioners is “dysfunctional.” That is a strong charge; what, oh what, is the matter? It’s the Republicans, see. They have these “hidebound” views like resisting higher taxes and spending and, worse, rail transit. And that despite the presence…
    Jon Sanders, February 13, 2014