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  1. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Wonder whether there will be a speed-up in full opening of the line, or a 21-day gap between inaugural run and March 16 opening.
  2. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    If the reconfigured bus routes don't take effect until a few days after the BLE opens March 16 no one is harmed as long as the existing routes along North Tryon remain in service as is until switchover. I think it's almost better NOT to make those changes the same day.
  3. Raleigh Union Station

    could be mistaken but I think maybe to add a second through freight track. There will be two center island station tracks when Union station opens this spring, and one through freight track (the track that goes by the current AMTRAK station). Right now just east of the current AMTRAK station everything narrows to one track until a freight siding several miles east, so not sure if plan is to extend second track further east (would require a new bridge/bridges at overpasses east of current station
  4. Raleigh Union Station

    It's in the "Carolina Rails" closed FB group I'm in Here's a link to the group to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/171718566220486/
  5. Raleigh Union Station

    Saw a post this morning on a Facebook rail group that completion had been pushed back to May 2018, blame assigned to major error in grading for station tracks.
  6. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I saw a tweet this morning that BLE revenue service is now scheduled for FEBRUARY 1
  7. Raleigh Union Station

    coming from the prison there are TWO tracks going northeast -- first the NS track (which meets the CSX track at Southern Junction and crosses the mainline at a diamond and heads to Fuquay and points further south) and then the CSX track which wyes with the track that runs on the east side of the news station.
  8. Raleigh Union Station

    went to the legislative meeting this afternoon. Mayor Nancy spoke 5 minutes, then Roberta Fox and Tom Eatman. Fox and Eatman never used the phrase "Phase II", and never mentioned SEHSR. They called phase II "RUS BUS" repeatedly. It will have 6 or 8 bus bays and will allow the 30% expansion of bus service in the Wake Transit Plan as being the second downtown Bus Hub. No mention of shuttles between RUS BUS and Moore Square (pardon me "GoRaleigh Station"). The West Street extension under the tracks (design funded by the referendum on the ballot next week) got a brief mention as apparently there will be a West Street BRT route originating at RUS BUS that doesn't require passengers to cross either an active street or RR tracks if they board at RUS BUS. Not sure where it goes after leaving RUS. Western Blvd ? S Wilmington St? New Bern Ave ?
  9. Raleigh Union Station

    RUS status update for legislative committee meeting October 2 in Raleigh (meeting is open to public) http://ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/house2017-187/2017-2019%20Biennium/2017-10-02_Meeting/RaleighUnionStation.pdf http://ncleg.net/gascripts/DocumentSites/browseDocSite.asp?nID=363&sFolderName=\2017-2019 agenda: http://ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/house2017-187/2017-2019 Biennium/2017-10-02_Meeting/Agenda_2017-10-02.pdf
  10. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    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
  11. North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    TONS of information just posted on a legislative website this afternoon for a Wednesday morning March 22 meeting at the General Assembly: look here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/documentsites/browseDocSite.asp?nID=131&sFolderName=\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
  12. Raleigh Union Station

    it's being replaced as part of the project
  13. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    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. http://registrar.uncc.edu/sites/registrar.uncc.edu/files/media/5 Year Calendar PDF - Latest.pdf
  14. 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)
  15. 2035 Triangle Regional Transit Vision Plan

    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)