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DEnd last won the day on June 26 2013

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    Myers Park (ish), Charlotte, NC and Double Shoals, NC

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  1. Shoot I ain't a new member, and I'm often like: "wait, which one was that again?"
  2. While my Employer Highly disagrees with me, I would love to see Duke come and open a Hospital At Johnson C. Smith, with a Medical and healthcare school campus. That said it'd be really hard to make that financially viable in North Carolina's regulatory environment.
  3. LOL. I'd say the 18 year timeframe is optimistic. It's also not altogether a bad thing., it puts a clear place for growth to occur and pushes for concentration of development in one corridor. Part of MARTA's problem is that Atlanta didn't push for denser development around it's stations. In someways I'd say the BLE opened too early, there is now less pressure to develop southend. Likewise opening the silver line too early would decrease station area demand resulting in lower densities around the stations, which makes the station areas more car oriented, ultimately reducing the value of building "high speed" transit. Also trying to sneak something by your political adversaries is a great way to get something to fail. If you believe in something then own it and argue stridently for it. Trying to hide an agenda will only piss off the undecided voters which will end up with you (or your party) unelected.
  4. If you are going by visitor numbers to each Publix probably beats Atherton and Sycamore. Grocery Stores generate huge volumes . That said Atherton would generate more visibility to more businesses and would be less disruptive to the residents along the line,
  5. Sort of. But the BLE area projects became a larger percentage of overall growth once it was clear it was going to happen. Before the BLE that area was getting about 1-2% of the growth in Charlotte, afterwards it got 2-5% (or more) of that growth. During the financial crisis it probably out performed the rest of Charlotte, likely because it was deep into the planning stages (but not yet a sure thing) driving some speculation. By 2013 it was pretty much a sure thing. That graph is horrible at showing scale. Here are some better ones (numbers are my best guess based on the graph in the article): *EDIT 2004 in the bar graph (Percentage of city wide housing unit permits BLE area represents) is off by an order of magnitude! on the graph I think it is showing 0.17% it should be 1.7% which is much closer to the 2.1% 2005 shows. I'm not gonna correct that graph as I've already closed the program out and it is a PITA to use.
  6. That's because they are. The wait times are there so that vehicles don't bunch up. The Busses have similar wait times at designated stops (end of line and Mid Route) Go sit at the CTC for a bit and you'll see busses just sitting there , similarly there are mid route stops where the bus driver is not allowed to leave before a certain time. This helps with vehicle spacing which helps with route efficiency and service perception. The Blue line even has these "slowdowns" built in because out drivers haven't been trained by the Japanese (in reality even the Japanese rail systems have these built in even with their to the minute on time performance).
  7. Renting is never Cheaper than owning , especially when comparing like for like. People do not rent because it is cheaper, they rent because they don't have the money to buy, are in a transitional stage of life, they don't want to buy, or buying into the market is not feasible. Landlords make money on the price difference between renting and buying, if that price difference isn't there landlords will sell.
  8. NCGS 20-4.01 7(a) Electric Assisted Bicycle. – A bicycle with two or three wheels that is equipped with a seat or saddle for use by the rider, fully operable pedals for human propulsion, and an electric motor of no more than 750 watts, whose maximum speed on a level surface when powered solely by such a motor is no greater than 20 miles per hour. h. Motorcycles. – Vehicles having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, including autocycles, motor scooters, and motor-driven bicycles, but excluding tractors and utility vehicles equipped with an additional form of device designed to transport property, three-wheeled vehicles while being used by law-enforcement agencies, electric assisted bicycles, and mopeds as defined in sub-subdivision d1. of this subdivision. i. Motor-driven bicycle. – A vehicle with two or three wheels, a steering handle, one or two saddle seats, pedals, and a motor that cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour on a level surface. This term shall not include an electric assisted bicycle as defined in subdivision (7a) of this section. j. Moped. – A vehicle, other than a motor-driven bicycle or electric assisted bicycle, that has two or three wheels, no external shifting device, a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface. The motor may be powered by electricity, alternative fuel, motor fuel, or a combination of each. Basically an electric bike in NC works as a bicycle as long as the motor doesn't let it go above 20mph on flat ground and the wattage of the motor is no more than 750 watts. If it goes above 30 mph it's a moped, and faster than that it's a motorcycle. If it goes between 20mph and 30 mph and has a shifter it's also a motorcycle. Mopeds and motorcycles need plates and insurance (when operated in public) and cannot go on bicycle paths.
  9. The Streetcars on LA's Gold line have maximum top speeds of 65mph and 77mph, so they can go as fast as a LRV. Light Rail is basically Trams operated as a traditional rail line. LA may have top speeds governed on their trains, or may have a much lower speed limit imposed on their line (Governed means they do something to the trains to keep them from going fast where as a speed limit would require their drivers to abide by it).
  10. To be fair to the Governors, they are (partly) basing their decision on hospital capacities, and we are seeing more discharges than admissions, with more and more capacity each day (at least last I looked a couple of days ago). It's not just politics. I disagree with how aggressive they are being, but most Governors are using metrics to inform their decisions.
  11. Yes, not performing hand hygiene when putting on or taking off a mask greatly increases your risk. Aside from that the other main concern stated in both of the articles was making sure healthcare systems were able to get adequate supply. During that time period there was not a good consensus on cloth masks either. By April 3rd, when the coronavirus in the US was still at flu like levels (except in a few places) and with extreme supply shortages, and the CDC was recommending cloth face coverings when out in public. In the Forbes article Perencevich recommends you wear a mask when at home if you or a family member are sick, which is a very good idea. The largest vector of Coronavirus infection is in the home, more than 1/2 of all cases are contracted through a close family member. I've seen some evidence that this works (reducing spread I mean not provide protection). Early on we had a case when one spouse picked up the virus and self isolated even before getting tested. That person did not spread it to any members of the household.
  12. With traditional elevator service in a fire elevators are recalled to the ground floor (or firefighter access floor in buildings with multiple ground level floors), and firefighters are then able to use the elevators to evacuate, and access the floors if it is safe to do so. The stairs are used for evacuation without firefighters. OEE allows the use of elevators for evacuation before firefighters arrive, and without direct firefighter oversight. The reason we don't use elevators to evacuate now is because in the 70's (and before) elevators could take you to a burning floor or had issues with smoke control and lead to a number of injuries and deaths. OEE is more than just allowing elevators to operate under previously banned conditions though. There are a whole bunch of conditions that need to be met like elevator lobby size, smoke control, emergency operation schemes, etc...
  13. I highly disagree. We are still at the same number of new cases we had early November. Hospitalizations are way down, but I'd much rather see numbers go further down.
  14. No you were told not to buy surgical masks, or N95's and that mask wearing was not required. Which based off of epidemiological studies of the Flu appeared to be true, at least for day to day activities outside of group living situations. The reason for that was to preserve Masks for healthcare workers who were and still are facing PPE shortages.
  15. About $5 million to fully cover the costs. Or about $3 million to replace expected revenue. Edit: that's not actually expected revenue that's expected ridership multiplied by price, a lot of that ridership will be transfers.
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