Transportation http://wunc.org en NCDOT Spending Targets Roadway Congestion http://wunc.org/post/ncdot-spending-targets-roadway-congestion <p></p><p>The North Carolina Department of Transportation has ranked 3,100 proposed transportation projects. They're all vying for a chunk of the $15 billion expected to be allocated in the 2015 Transportation Improvement Program.</p><p>NCDOT's Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson said the department prioritized projects that would alleviate serious, ongoing traffic congestion. For that reason, many of the higher ranked projects are in the Triangle and Charlotte areas.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35608 at http://wunc.org NCDOT Spending Targets Roadway Congestion 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 The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built http://wunc.org/post/dixie-highway-and-how-south-was-built <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Before the 20th century, Southern roads were little more than rubble and dirt. Traveling from county to county was difficult and state to state was near impossible. The Dixie Highway, constructed in 1915, shifted control and funding of road regulations from local government to state and federal authorities.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:11:14 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31933 at http://wunc.org The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go http://wunc.org/post/durham-chapel-hill-light-rail-project-where-those-rails-might-go <p></p><p>The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has given the green-light to begin the first steps of a 17-mile light rail project connecting Durham and Orange Counties.</p><p></p><p>The decision authorizes Triangle Transit to begin development on the project, by studying the potential environmental impact of two proposed rail routes.</p><p>Triangle Transit has put together this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqijCS_B2U8&amp;feature=youtu.be">video "fly-through" of the proposed light rail route:</a></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:55:51 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31252 at http://wunc.org Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go Triangle Transit Is Filming A Soap Opera On Its Busses http://wunc.org/post/triangle-transit-filming-soap-opera-its-busses <p></p><p>Erika dashes on to the 36-seat passenger bus. She's exasperated, but remarkably well put together. She's young, and afraid.</p><p>"Prescott... I'm late," she says, her hand gripping a rail for balance.</p><p>"... No you're not." He replies. "With the GoLive Real-Time Arrival System, you'll never be late for the bus again!"</p><p>"No..." she says. "I mean... I'm <em>late</em>."</p><p>Also, Prescott has an identical twin, Sebastian, who might be the father.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BdaPnv-89NQ" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:23:24 +0000 Eric Mennel 31098 at http://wunc.org Triangle Transit Is Filming A Soap Opera On Its Busses DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge http://wunc.org/post/dot-secretary-and-selc-director-debate-bonner-bridge <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Bonner Bridge last week, leaving Hatteras residents with few options for transportation to and from the mainland. In the wake of the closing, politicians have accused environmentalists of delaying construction of a replacement bridge. Activists say the blame is misplaced and the Department’s delays are at fault.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:36:12 +0000 Frank Stasio & Laura Lee 27137 at http://wunc.org DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look http://wunc.org/post/wake-transit-plan-gets-first-public-look <p></p><p>Commissioners in Wake County are holding their first public discussion about a plan for expanded bus and light rail services.</p><p>The board meets Tuesday morning with three transit experts from outside the state.&nbsp; It's the county's first public meeting about the plan, which Triangle Transit Authority presented in 2011.&nbsp; Commissioners have declined to bring it up for discussion since then.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:10:53 +0000 Will Michaels 25659 at http://wunc.org Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning http://wunc.org/post/nc-department-transportation-won-t-give-local-governments-more-input-project-planning <p>The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.</p><p>The 19-member board voted unanimously to split localites' input on projects with the analysis of state transportation engineers who oversee the department's 14 divisions, said chairman Ned Curran.&nbsp;</p><p>“I just can’t accept that one party has better knowledge than the division engineer because this is what division engineers do for a living,” Curran said.</p><p>A law proposed and passed by the state legislature this year, called the Strategic Mobility Formula, said the Department of Transportation's analysis would account for 70 percent of the decision on regional projects and 50 percent on local projects. Local input -- including views from metropolitan planning organizations and elected officials -- would account for the remaining 30 and 50 percent.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:50:01 +0000 Jorge Valencia 25523 at http://wunc.org NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning Duke Technology Could Yield Quicker Airport Security Checks http://wunc.org/post/duke-technology-could-yield-quicker-airport-security-checks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at Duke University are developing radio wave scanners that could dramatically increase the speed at which travelers are checked at security points in airports.</span></p><p>The scanners, which researchers say could be tested in as soon as 12 months for airport use, were one of the developing technologies that scientists showed three North Carolina congressmen in a tour yesterday of laboratories at Duke’s Department of Electrical &amp; Computer Engineering.</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:11:55 +0000 Jorge Valencia 25395 at http://wunc.org Duke Technology Could Yield Quicker Airport Security Checks Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety http://wunc.org/post/bike-fatalities-raise-concerns-about-road-safety <p>Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,&nbsp; and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month. &nbsp;North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24667 at http://wunc.org