Population http://wunc.org en 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 Rural County Residents Continue Flocking To Metro Areas http://wunc.org/post/rural-county-residents-continue-flocking-metro-areas <p></p><p>North Carolina's dozen metropolitan areas are growing faster than the country as a whole. That's according to US Census Bureau's county and metro area population estimates from 2012 to 2013.</p><p></p><p>During that time, the US population grew by .7 percent. Wake County had the second-highest growth – after Mecklenberg – with 2.3 percent.</p><p></p><p>Rural counties, including Pasquotank and Halifax were among those losing the most residents.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:47:33 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32778 at http://wunc.org Rural County Residents Continue Flocking To Metro Areas Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-landfill-buys-10-more-years <p></p><p>The amount of garbage headed to the Wake County has dropped significantly in the past few years.</p><p></p><p>In 2009, the county buried 460,000 tons of garbage. That dropped to 400,000 last year.</p><p></p><p>Wake County Solid Waste Manager John Roberson says a number of factors impacted the reduction in waste going to the landfill: People bought and threw out less during the recession, recycling options improved, and commercial waste businesses disposed of garbage elsewhere.</p><p></p><p>Roberson says his division saw a $2 million drop in revenue over the past four years.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:50:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28910 at http://wunc.org Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years Raleigh City Council Suggests Tolls To Pay For I-540 Expansion http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-city-council-suggests-tolls-pay-i-540-expansion <p></p><p>Increasingly congested roadways are worrying officials in Raleigh.</p><p></p><p>The City Council has submitted a "wish list" of road improvement projects to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It includes a proposal to add lanes to I-540 on the north side of the city.</p><p></p><p>The council doesn't expect the state to fund the project, so it suggested paying for the 108 million-dollar expansion by setting up tolls on the roadway.</p><p></p><p>Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin says she knows tolls would not be popular, but she thinks breaking up traffic jams would be.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:43:13 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26733 at http://wunc.org Raleigh City Council Suggests Tolls To Pay For I-540 Expansion