Public Transit http://wunc.org en Raleigh Reconsiders Downtown R-Line Amid Rising Costs, Backlash http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-reconsiders-downtown-r-line-amid-rising-costs-backlash <p></p><p>Raleigh has commissioned a private consultant to evaluate the free downtown circulator bus system.</p><p>The R-Line was created in 2009 to boost tourism and economic development, and the city pays $1 million per year to keep it running.</p><p>But riders of Raleigh's Capital Area Transit bus system say it's unfair that they have to pay fares on the separate system. Most CAT riders live below the poverty line and depend on the system for their commute. Raleigh will raise the $1 fare by $.50 next year.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:48:54 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39465 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Reconsiders Downtown R-Line Amid Rising Costs, Backlash GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax http://wunc.org/post/gps-spying-odometer-fees-ncdot-considers-mileage-tax <p></p><p>North Carolina's Department of Transportation is considering taxing drivers by the mile to help pay for road construction and upgrades. As cars become more efficient, the gas tax is becoming a less effective revenue source.</p><p></p><p>The department's Funding and Appropriations Strategies committee – or FAST – has been meeting with leaders and researchers across the state to hear concerns about population growth and potential solutions for insufficient infrastructure.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:52:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33244 at http://wunc.org GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts http://wunc.org/post/rail-transit-shot-down-panel-experts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">Wake County commissioners invited a panel of experts to weigh-in on possible plans to develop rail transit in the county. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">The three experts urged the county to focus on other mass transit solutions like expanding the bus system. Host Frank Stasio talks with <a href="https://twitter.com/Road_Worrier">Bruce Siceloff</a>, a reporter for the News &amp; Observer about the future of mass transit in Wake County. </span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:41:57 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 25740 at http://wunc.org Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts