Transportation

Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning

Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.

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. 

“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.

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.

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Science & Technology
5:11 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Duke Technology Could Yield Quicker Airport Security Checks

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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.

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 & Computer Engineering.

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The State Of Things
11:40 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety

Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,  and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month.  North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.  

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Education
9:29 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Big Night For Bonds In Wake, Raleigh

The $810-million bond will go to improving schools in Wake County.
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Wake County voters have overwhelmingly passed an $810-million school bond referendum. 

The final margin wasn't even close. Wake voters approved of the new school bond by 16 percentage points. It was a big win for bond supporters, including Democrats and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Some Republicans had worked to defeat the bond, but they were greatly outspent during the campaign.

The money that will come from the ten percent increase in property taxes will be used to build 16 new schools and renovate dozens of others.

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Education
4:07 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Voters Decide Bonds' Fate Today

Voters will decide on the $810-million Wake School Bond today.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Voters in Wake County and Raleigh have two major bonds to decide on when they go to the polls today. 

The $810-million Wake School Bond has been dissected and argued over for months. Supporters say it is past time to build new schools and renovate old ones. They offer enrollment growth projections and low-interest rates as two reasons to pass the bond.

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Transportation
6:58 am
Thu September 26, 2013

NCDOT Creating New Patterns At Busy Interchanges

The Diverging Diamond Interchange.
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The state Department of Transportation is working on unusual interchanges designed to relieve congestion at high-traffic areas across the state. 

Crews are building seven intersections known as Diverging Diamond Interchanges.  They temporarily move traffic to the left side of the road before dumping them onto the freeway or shifting back to the right to cross the intersection. 

DOT engineer James Dunlap says it makes getting on and off the freeway easier.

"It's a free-flow left, so once you get past the first signal, you're not stopping again," Dunlap explains.

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Business & Economy
2:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Triangle Residents Urged To 'Try Transit' This Week

Capital Area Transit buses in Raleigh
Credit City of Raleigh

Triangle residents are being invited this week to consider public transportation as a commuter option.  Local and regional systems are taking part in "Try Transit Week" hoping to get people out of their cars and on a bus to work or play. 

 Capital Area Transit is offering special events every day to entice new riders.  Lindsay Pennell handles marketing for the Raleigh bus service.  She says over the years they've been able change some people's transportation choice.

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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Wake Commissioners Seeking Expert Opinions On Transit

The Wake County Board of Commissioners
Credit wakegov.com

Wake County commissioners are moving forward with an effort to assess the county's transit needs.  Members unanimously voted this week to bring in experts from outside the county to look at a current plan to improve transportation. 

Those ideas include expanding local and commuter bus service and building a commuter rail system from Garner to Durham.  The plan would cost Wake County more than half a billion dollars. David Cooke serves as county manager and says experts will analyze transportation needs beyond just Wake County.

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Politics & Government
3:17 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Chapel Hill Approves Pro-Israel Bus Advertisement

Chapel Hill transit.
Credit Town of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Transit has approved a pro-Israel advertisement to run inside town buses. 

The proposal is the latest in a series of polarizing ads that started last year when the Church of Reconciliation ran a poster that called for the U.S. to end military aid to Israel.  The group American Freedom Defense Initiative countered with an ad that called opponents of Israel "savages," setting off a debate about which ads should be allowed on buses. 

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Begins Senate Confirmation Hearing

President Obama announced Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, as his nominee for Transportation Secretary in the East Room of the White House on April 29.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx appeared today before a Senate committee as his confirmation hearing began this afternoon on Capitol Hill.  President Obama nominated the two-term Charlotte mayor last month to replace the retiring Ray LaHood as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  Senators will likely delve into his transit reforms in Charlotte during the hearing. 

In his opening statement, Foxx told the committee a story about going to his first job at age 12 by taking the number six bus after school.

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