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  1. Sure, it was convenient from an operations perspective, but they would not have done it if all of their customers had not been moving away en masse. Going right into the city core is the most expensive thing to do operationally for pretty much any rail line in the world. But, we do it anyway, because that is where rail passengers are usually wanting to travel to and from. Rail and a vibrant and dense city feed off each other. There will be plenty of parking within easy walking distance of Union Station, too. That was my whole point when I opened this can of worms. Also, you can bet th
  2. That it is, but as a train station in the urban core it is much more relevant to this discussion than Staples Mill, which from a planning standpoint has very little similarities to Union Station other than that they will both have Amtrak service. Of course parking is a nightmare at Staples Mill. There is virtually no other way to get there. It's on a 6-lane arterial highway surrounded by suburban strip commercial development. The only other form of transit is a bus stop with a single route servicing it. There is a reason why Richmond and Amtrak are looking to restore more service to Main
  3. My post was in reference to Richmond Main Street, not Staples Mill Road.
  4. There are 992 parking spaces in that deck. Admittedly, I don't know the parking occupancy rate for it. Anecdotadly, however, it's probably not that high. Since the current station has the second highest ridership in the southeast despite only having 80 spaces (and I realize parking is a common complaint but the ridership is there nonetheless), I think it will probably suffice. Also remember, in theory this Union Station project is going to be accompanied by a regional transit plan (provided the citizens some day get to actually vote on it), and this project is designed to be more than a si
  5. I think the prevalence of that mentality is why Raleigh will be stuck for some time as one of the most car dominated major cities in America. The idea that one must be able to drive directly to the front door of their destination no matter what is incompatible with a vibrant downtown, but hey, it's not the Best City for Car Drivers for nothing. For now, at least. So, like I said, not against a parking deck, but I want to show you why not having one isn't going to kill ridership. So, expanding on some of what I previously said. 1) Price the parking. As we know, the current station h
  6. I'm not even suggesting that no one coming from the suburbs drive. What I am suggesting is that they can use the seemingly endless sea of parking that already plagues downtown Raleigh and is severely underutilized. Is it really such a stretch to ask someone to do this: http://goo.gl/maps/FxjQV Don't get me wrong, I'm not really against adding a deck to the station instead of a surface lot. I'm just saying I think a lot of people are overreacting.
  7. And this is a problem? If there are more suburban stations that can better serve passengers driving in, then so be it. They are still getting to their destination, still paying their fare to Amtrak and they aren't clogging up downtown with cars. Everyone wins. I agree, it needs to be for the next 30 years, 30 years that will hopefully see a massive increase in the population in and around downtown, a significant improvement in public transit and a gradual transition away from a city that is completely dominated by the automobile. There are decks not that far from the station.
  8. There is a ton of parking within a short walk, R-line ride or cab ride of the station. I think people are making way too big a deal about the parking.
  9. That's very true, and I have to admit I got a bit sidetracked in that post and forgot what thread I was in hah.
  10. The transformation of downtown Raleigh is going to come from the many 4-6 story buildings that are going up, not a skyscraper. Skyscrapers are great for postcards of the skyline, but don't do any more to add to the vitality of a place (and sometimes even hurt it) than a smaller mixed-use development. There are 139 residential units in PNC Plaza, and 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The 425 N. Boylan project has 250 residential units and 13,100 square feet of ground floor retail. An apples to oranges comparison in some ways, but these are two of the most important thin
  11. Publix does have a history of being willing to build in urban areas and as part of mixed-use developments, with downtown stores in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale and currently considering one in Nashville. So, if we do hope to see a more urban style grocery store in downtown, Five Points, etc in the future, Publix entering the Triangle market can only be considered good news.
  12. Hah, yeah that is something I created in early 2011 before the decision was made to renovate the Dillon Supply building.
  13. I am admittedly out of the loop as I've been out of the Triangle for the last two years, but what is the status of the existing bike lanes on Hillsborough? I seem to recall that they were painted officially as a pilot or something to be reevaluated later. I know there was a lot of concern about how narrow and close to the door zone they were, with sharrows being suggested as an alternative. Was it decided to make them permanent?
  14. Seems like a good plan, but it will be interesting to see how the bike lanes are used given that from what I can tell they will exist for a whopping four blocks. Also, I hope they are designed wide enough and given enough clearance from the parking door zone to not be potentially lethal like the temporary ones on Hillsborough in front of NC State.
  15. The city council voted 6-2 for option D6 yesterday, so that will be the preferred route barring something completely unforseen.
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