The Triangle

Durham's big margin for transit -- Orange to vote in 2012?

Durham's  60% to 40% margin for the 1/2 percent transit sales tax eclipsed Mecklenburg's 58-42 margin on its initial vote on the same issue in 1998. In 2012, the two allowed dates for a similar referendum are the primary (currently scheduled for May) and the November general election. Putting the issue on the ballot will involve approval by the Orange County Commissioners, the Durham-Chapel Hill Carrboro MPO, the Burlington-Alamance MPO, and the Triangle Transit Board.

Public Meeting for proposed Durham and Orange Counties Bus and Rail Investment Plans

News release from City of Durham

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is hosting open house sessions in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough where residents can provide input on the proposed Durham and Orange Counties Bus and Rail Investment Plans. 

The plans address the need for enhanced public transportation in the Triangle to serve its growing populations as well as provide opportunities for low-to-moderate income families to get to work, educational opportunities, and other cities in the region. The plans outline the variety of revenue sources necessary to support the proposed light rail, commuter rail, and expanded local and regional bus services. 

Open house sessions for residents to learn more about these proposed plans are scheduled at the following locations:

  • June 7 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Southwest Library, 3605 Shannon Road, Durham 
  • June 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Holton Career and Resource Center's Senior Room, Second Floor, 401 N. Driver St., Durham 
  • June 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 
  • June 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham 
  • June 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Orange County Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

A short presentation will be given periodically at each open house session and staff will be available to discuss the proposed plans on a one-on-one basis with the public. 

Residents who are unable to attend the open house sessions are encouraged to view the proposed investment plan for Durham on the DCHC MPO website atwww.dchcmpo.org. The proposed Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan will be available on the DCHC MPO website beginning Tuesday, June 7. Residents may submit comments by e-mail until June 17 to comments@dchcmpo.org or at the open house sessions. 

The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will host a public hearing on the Durham Bus and Rail Investment Plan during its regular session meeting on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners' Chambers, located in the Durham County Administrative Complex, 200 E. Main St., Durham. The Durham BOCC is expected to take formal action on the Durham County Bus and Rail Transit Investment Plan during the Durham BOCC meeting on June 27 at 7 p.m. 

The Transportation Advisory Committee, which is the policy-making board of the DCHC MPO, will consider approval of both investment plans at its June 22 meeting at 9 a.m. in the Committee Room of City Hall, located at 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham. The public is also invited to provide comments on the plans at this meeting. 

For more information about the proposed investment plans, visit the DCHC MPO website at www.dchcmpo.org or contact Andy Henry at (919) 560-4366, ext. 36419.


Date: 

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Orange County Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

Farewell Forever Old Road to Durham?

Have you ever wondered why there is no rail line between Chapel Hill and Durham?  Do you want to know how we can ever create one?  Do you want to know how you can help?  Let me tell you . . . 
 

Triangle Regional Transit Program Public Workshop- Round 3

OUR TRANSIT FUTURE
The Triangle area continues to experience explosive growth — growth that requires increased mobility demands. Improvements must be made to the local transportation systems to maintain the area's quality of life and continue to attract new industry, jobs and residents.

It's time for the Triangle Regional Transit Program, a comprehensive study effort to look at regional transit rail opportunities and explore expanded regional busway networks. The program, spanning Orange, Durham and Wake counties, is an exciting move forward toward transit connectivity in the Triangle.

Seven public workshops have been scheduled for March 22 - 31 around the Triangle to present the corridors, alignments, and station locations for public feedback.  The workshops will be run 'open house, drop in' style with information displays, staff to answer questions, and looping videos.  There is no single presentation time.  This is the third and final round of public workshops during the Alternatives Analysis period. Public comment will be taken at the workshops and online at www.ourtransitfuture.com or 800-816-7817.

Date: 

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

The Friday Center- 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill

Stop FBI Repression - Southern Regional Conference at UNC School of Law, Feb. 19

Some of you are familiar with this issue from the Indy: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/why-is-the-fbi-interested-in-the-anti-war-movement/Content?oid=1786829

Please come to this important conference against FBI and Grand Jury repression at the UNC School of Law. Visit the Committee to Stop FBI Repression website for the complete agenda: http://www.stopfbi.net/conference/north-carolina.

Date: 
Sat, 2011-02-19 09:30 - 17:00
Location: 
UNC School of Law
160 Ridge Rd Room 5052
Chapel Hill, NC
United States

Southern regional organizing conference of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Read the press release here.

The conference will be held Saturday Feb. 19 at the UNC Law School in Chapel Hill, NC, from 10:00AM to 5:00pm. Please register now.

You can make an online donation to support the conference - please put "FBI Conference" in the "designation" section of the donate form.

Directions and parking information are available on the UNC School of Law website.

Registration

  • Conference is free and open to the public, but we are asking for $5-20 sliding scale donation to help cover costs.
  • Lunch is $5, no one will be turned away.
  • Need childcare? Let us know the number of kids and their ages.
  • Need housing? Contact housing coordinator ncstopfbi@gmail.com

Follow this link to register for the conference

Agenda

9:30am - 10:00am Registration and breakfast

10:00am - 10:10am Welcome to the conference, opening remarks from conference organizers

10:10am - 10:30am

Keynote address from subpoenaed activists

Subpoeaned activists Meredith Aby (Twin Cities Anti-War Committee) and Steff Yorek (Freedom Road Socialist Organization) provide an overview of the September 24 FBI raids on antiwar and solidarity activists.

10:30am - 10:45am Call for donations to the legal support fund

11:00am - 12:15pm

Panel: History of FBI and Political Repression Against People's Movements

  • Moderated by Elena Everett from Raleigh FIST.
  • Lewis Pitts; Raleigh NC.
  • Efia Nwangaza, US Human Rights Network; Atlanta GA.
  • Theresa El-Amin, Southern Anti Racism Network; Columbus GA
  • Dianne Mathiowetz, International Action Center, Atlanta GA.

12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch (will be provided, please bring $5 donation if possible)

1:15pm - 2:45pm Panel

Panel: Grand Juries, Material Support of Terrorism, the Legal and Political Context of the September 24 Raids

  • Moderated by Kosta Harlan, Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  • Peter Gilbert, UNC Center for Civil Rights; Durham NC.
  • Lela Ali of In the Name of Humanity; Rocky Mount NC.
  • Khalilah Sabra, MAS Freedom; Raleigh NC.
  • Maureen Murphy, Palestine Solidarity Group; Chicago IL.
  • Meredith Aby, Twin Cities Anti-War Committee; Minneapolis MN.
  • Jennifer Rudinger, ACLU; Durham NC.

2:45pm - 3:00pm Break

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Discussion: Organizing reports from around the South

Opportunity for activists to discuss the protests that they have held, outreach to legislators, building community support.

3:45pm - 4:30pm Discussion of a plan from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression for future actions and protests

4:30pm - 5:00pm Summing up the conference, led by Steff Yorek

Sponsors of this conference include

  1. ACLU of North Carolina
  2. Asheville Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  3. Atlanta International Action Center
  4. Balance & Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ)
  5. Blackwater Watch
  6. Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  7. Durham County Libertarian Party
  8. Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  9. Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad (FRSO/OSCL)
  10. Green Party of the United States
  11. In the Name of Humanity
  12. Internationalist Books
  13. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD-USA)
  14. Jews for a Just Peace
  15. Libertarian Party of North Carolina
  16. Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
  17. National Lawyers Guild at UNC Chapel Hill
  18. NAACP--Chapel Hill/Carrboro Branch
  19. NC Stop Torture Now
  20. North Carolina Peace Action
  21. Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  22. Orange County Peace Coalition
  23. Orange Chatham Progressive Democrats
  24. Peace and Justice Committee, Community Church of Chapel Hill UU
  25. Raleigh F.I.S.T.
  26. Raleigh Fruitcakes
  27. SDS - Asheville
  28. SDS - Tuscaloosa
  29. SDS - UNC Chapel Hill
  30. Southern Anti-Racism Network
  31. Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  32. UE Local 150
  33. US Human Rights Network
  34. Veterans for Peace, Eisenhower Chapter
  35. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom --Triangle Branch

 

Date: 

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 4:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

UNC School of Law 160, Ridge Rd Room 5052 Chapel Hill, NC

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