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  1. Piedmont 3rd frequency (meaning 4 trains a day RGH-CLT counting the Carolinian) was funded by the just enacted NC budget, service start date probably around 6/1/18, timetable probably out October or November 2017
  2. TONS of information just posted on a legislative website this afternoon for a Wednesday morning March 22 meeting at the General Assembly: look here:\2017_Session look for March 22 Rail meeting linked from there is a passenger rail presentation by Paul Worley Interesting mention of potential stations at Hillsborough and Lexington (which have long been in the planning stages) but now also a mention of Harrisburg. Lots of ridership and financial details, maps, etc
  3. it's being replaced as part of the project
  4. August 15 is opening of fall semester at UNCC (even though classes don't start til August 21) which means freshman will arrive around the 15th. That pretty much has to be a drop-dead date to avoid parking chaos. Year Calendar PDF - Latest.pdf
  5. To put the question on the ballot requires signatures equal to 15% of total vote cast for Governor in 2016. That's 70,442 signatures of registered voters. (the 2007 repeal was triggered by petition signed by 15% of votes cast in 2004 -- 47,874 was the signature threshold then)
  6. also passed in every Morrisville precinct, most Garner precincts, and about half of the Apex precincts. It also passed in little old Zebulon (that's the precinct in the far eastern part of the county, totally away from the urban areas that voted heavily yes)
  7. This map only includes the 200,000 votes cast on election day. Election day voters rejected the tax. It does not include the 300,000 who voted early and were strongly in favor. The map will be redone when they integrate early vote with election day probably early January. I expect that will show big margins in favor in Cary
  8. There is a station proposed for Hillsborough construction in 2017-18 possible, funded partially by local transit tax. I also heard of a possible Lexington station.
  9. Wake transit plan and referendum approved unanimously Wednesday by the GoTriangle (formerly TTA) Board of Trustees. Final vote will be by the Wake County Board of Commissioners June 6, then on the ballot November 8
  10. The first formal step to levy the 1/2% transit tax in Wake County (joining Durham and Orange in a special tax district) took place Wednesday night May 18. After a joint public hearing of CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) and the GO Triangle (formerly TTA) regional transit board of trustees, CAMPO approved the transit plan unanimously. At the GoTriangle board meeting May 25, on the agenda will be approval of the transit plan PLUS a resolution calling the referendum for November 8. The Wake County commissioners take up the same two items at their June 6 meeting.
  11. I was present at that meeting the other day, I felt like screaming at the talking points being read. Great news today however, the LRT cap repeal was approved by another House committee by a unanimous voice vote with no negative pushback, this time it will be in the state budget bill.
  12. UNC-Charlotte semester starts 8/15/17 when freshmen arrive, classes starts 8/21/17. I am sure they would like to get it operational by then so as not to screw up fall parking assignmentsfor students/faculty/staff
  13. That's of course BECAUSE it was where the P&N track(s) were !!
  14. UNCC fall semester starts 8/15/2017, with classes beginning 8/21/17, so I'm sure they'd like to get the system running by then
  15. Finally, RUS parking deck: ..... "A pocket park and vestibule, carved 40 feet by 60 feet into its southwest corner, addresses a new civic plaza across West Street, adjacent to the four-level Union Station designed by Raleigh’s Clearscapes. Along its pedestrian level, 25,000 square feet are reserved for restaurants and retail space – with expanded sidewalks. Its podium – a seven-story parking deck, its 980 spaces to be shared with the city and Union Station – will be a base for 10 more levels of offices......" Read more here: