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CATS Long Term Transit Plan - Silver, Red, Airport Lines

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16 hours ago, kermit said:

You are 100% correct. However that approach alone would leave out Chapel Hill, so the very sub-optimal LRT becomes necessary.

There is the UNRZ spur line to Carrboro/Chapel Hill from the NCRR.  I've seen freight traffic at the wye waiting for our Piedmont train to pass by so it's in use.  It once carried pax and a famous song was written about it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_University_Railroad

While the route is circuitous it would probably save half a billion to get to Durham...

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32 minutes ago, ChessieCat said:

There is the UNRZ spur line to Carrboro/Chapel Hill from the NCRR.  I've seen freight traffic at the wye waiting for our Piedmont train to pass by so it's in use.  It once carried pax and a famous song was written about it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_University_Railroad

While the route is circuitous it would probably save half a billion to get to Durham...

Yea, I actually grew up right beside it. It still sees about 2-3 round trips per week (mostly coal to the university steam plant). As soon as the students figure out the university is burning coal to heat classrooms they will raise hell (successfully), the university will switch to gas, and the spur will no longer be in use. The spur would work for commuter rail in theory  (and would save a pile of cash) but it would turn a 20 minute drive (or bus ride) into an hour long rail trip (perhaps 45 minutes with lots of $$$).

The tracks do offer some hope for connecting to the Hospital LRT stub and running LRT to Carrboro and up to UNC North (the old airport) and then the park and ride at Eubanks (I-40) once freight is gone. But it connects to the NCRR so far west of Durham that I don't see much hope for it as a connecting route in that direction.

It might be able to provide competitive commuter service to the fringe of Hillsborough, Mebane and Burlington, all communities which have seen rapid growth in refugee commuters who have been priced out of Chapel Hill.

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http://charlottenc.gov/cats/transit-planning/envisionmyride/Pages/envision-my-ride.aspx

Many bus routes will be revised starting October 1. This includes new 7Q "quick" service that will be skip-stop style along Beatties Ford. This service will stop only at 15 high-volume stops along the way. This also includes some streamlining : for example the 16 South Tryon will no longer deviate into Southside Park, which should improve it's speed and reliability quite a bit. One route, 2 Ashley Park, will be modified to no longer service Uptown and will instead go to Scaleybark station as a cross-town route. 

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The August MTC meeting minutes are out. Not a ton of new information in it and very few direct statements.  http://charlottenc.gov/cats/about/boards/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/cats/about/boards/MTC Agenda Package/MTC-Agenda-Package-180822.pdf&action=default&DefaultItemOpen=1

  • CATS (in partnership with communities including Gastonia, Belmont, Indian Trail, Matthews and Stallings) have submitted a $1 million TOD planning grant for the Silver and West Line areas
  • Reading between the lines on the report on public feedback on the North line: CATS is pushing BRT _hard_. I would be very surprised if we ended up with anything else.
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A remarkably brief FTA Quarterly Report is now out,

Not enough time for a blow by blow today, but

  • Target Revenue Service date for Gold Line Phase 2: May 2020 (although some concern was noted that RNC prep may limit work site access and thus cause a delay)
  • This is the first quarterly report in my memory that does not include any ridership data (hmmmm)

http://charlottenc.gov/cats/about/boards/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/cats/about/boards/FTA Quarterly/FTA-Quarterly-Agenda-180920.pdf

 

 

 

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