Planning & Transportation
I emailed the Orange County Board of Commissioners a letter supporting the light rail connecting Orange and Durham Counties and am posting that letter publicly below.
Dear Orange County Board of Commissioners,
I am writing in support of the proposed light rail line connecting Chapel Hill and Durham and in support of the other increases in bus service that are called for in the Orange County Bus and Rail Plan.
On a personal level, I have used public transportation for most of my life, to varying degrees. I grew up in a poor family in Cleveland, OH supported by my father’s minimum wage job. Our cars back then tended to be unreliable and I often had to walk long distances and/or take the bus to accompany my mother as she did her errands. I started working during summers at the age of 14 and walked, biked, or took the bus to my summer jobs. Access to transit (and to biking and walking infrastructure) helps poor people get to jobs. Transportation is typically the second largest expense for poor families, after housing.
The June 29, 2016, "Off the Rails" INDY Week piece by David Hudnall, which discusses the Durham-Orange light rail transit project (DOLRT) is a poorly researched opinion piece that does a tremendous disservice to INDY Week readers, residents of Durham and Chapel Hill, and—most importantly—current public transit riders in Durham and Orange counties who stand to benefit greatly from a significantly enhanced bus and rail transit network with DOLRT at its core.
GoTriangle invites anyone who works, lives, or visits Downtown Chapel Hill or Downtown Carrboro to take a survey to help evaluate transportation and parking in the two downtowns. This is important because parking needs have a major impact on planning our local and regional transportation infrastructure.
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The survey will take approximately 12 minutes. Your answers will be kept confidential and will only be used for transportation planning purposes. This study is being conducted for GoTriangle by Resource Systems Group, Inc. (RSG), a national transportation market research firm.
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I just received an invite to complete this transportation survery. Hope everyone does the same.
DCHC MPO Seeks Public Comment on Transportation Priorities
April 1 Deadline to Complete Online Survey; Workshop & Public Hearing Set for March
Share your thoughts on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan through an online survey, by email or at a public meeting.
Post Date: 02/25/2016 1:29 PM
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the draft goals and objectives for its 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.
Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the draft goals, objectives, and performance measures using a variety of methods:
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