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  1. kermit

    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    ^ Me too! Last week was a serious pain in the ass.
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    Drinking Beer in Charlotte

    ^ Post of the year! (I knew it would be in this thread)
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Some data from the experimental conditions produced by the partial shutdown. Old Concord rd lot was about 50% full today (vs. about 85% on normal weekdays). Since it is unlikely anyone traveling South parked there today (the bus bridge leaves from Sugar Creek) this suggests that about half of the Old Concord passengers are traveling North, a much larger number than I would have guessed. This is consistent with what I have seen since late August, lots of UNCC bound people are parking at OC, UC and JW Clay and riding the train to campus. I parked at Sugar Creek today, ground level was full, 2nd and 3rd levels were empty, but I don't have any normal day comparisons.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    anyone doubting the capacity advantages of rail over bus just needs to look at one of the bus bridge vehicles, they are jammed.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Well I would be very surprised if that was more than $25,000 of precast concrete. Railroad signaling can be expensive, but it sure AF is not more than $500,000 (the random source below prices crossing protection at $250,000). Design costs --a 10 year old could design that crossing. Add in three days of labor.... I have no doubt that somebody is featherbedding. Projects/District 1 and 2/Tupelo Railroad Relocation/Feasibility Study/Volume I - Report/Appendix/Appendix G.pdf
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    whose ass can I kick?
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    This probably isn't directly relevant to Charlotte (particularly since we do not have a stadium) but the Angels have opted out of their Anaheim lease and are having a tough time finding willing taxpayer funds for a new ballpark in the LA area:
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    1) Now the Observer is saying it might be as much as "two week" (but we are really lucky because it is really a "three to four" week job). I really get the sense that CATS is BS'ing all of us -- they just got caught with their pants down (e.g. an insufficient parts yard and staffing for repairs). 2) The article did cite a CATS spokesperson who said that ridership is now 28,000 per day. That is certainly better than the 24,544 back in May, but its still significantly worse than the originally projected 33,500 first year numbers.
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    Southend Living

    I know what you mean. As I stood in front of it to type the original post I got sad that the news wasn't more exciting. They have expanded into irrelevance.
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    Southend Living

    Southend Sabor is now open
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    Carolina Place Mall

    Digression.... Almost 10 years ago we were in the hunt for the Radio Shack HQ relocation. Ahhh, what could have been.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Total freaking BS. Even Amtrak (Amtrak!) can replace multiple miles of Cat wire in a mater of hours. WTF: 1) were there trees that close to the line? 2) weren’t they prepared for this? When the silo fell on the track back in 2008 they were back up and running in less than a day. That accident seriously damaged track as well as the cat IIRC. What made this incident worse?
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    I too need to note my concerns on that $4 million price tag. All the pedestrian crossing really needs are 5 standard, precast, concrete panels (the same ones you see at the current stations, I’ll bet CATS has a couple sets in their yard somewhere). Beyond that, do some sidewalk and fence work and add some standard grade crossing signals (certainly less than $200k) and were done. Even with construction costs spikes this is certainly a sub-1 million job. there is no reason they can’t build the ped crossing at one end of the planned station (without building any of the station). They have needed a ped crossing here for more than five years, get on with it. Save the station work for a transit friendly federal admin, its a perfect TIGER grant (whatever its called now) project.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Looks like design work on the LRT pedestrian crossing at Publix will get underway shortly. This crossing, along with a signalized intersection at McDonald and South plus new railtrail on the Publix side of the tracks will make this area MUCH more ped friendly. The following was in an email from Historic Southend this morning: