public transportation

Orange County Bus and Rail Plan Will Help Our County

I emailed the Orange County Board of Commissioners a letter supporting the light rail connecting Orange and Durham Counties and am posting that letter publicly below.

Transit Equity: A Platform for Growth and Economic Prosperity

As counties in the Triangle move forward with plans to expand transit options and enhance mobility, please join us for a discussion about the importance of incorporating equity components into transit planning. By prioritizing and committing to equitable development, lawmakers can ensure that the benefits of transit investments are broadly shared so low- and moderate-income residents will not be left behind as new opportunities enter the Triangle.  Transit investments can be a powerful force for social and economic equity if lawmakers choose to protect residents from displacement and enhance connectivity by coordinating transit, housing, and jobs policies. The result: strong, affordable, and accessible communities. 

Date: 

Friday, July 25, 2014 -
8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Junior League of Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh

Enrique Peñalosa evening

Viewing of speech given by Enrique Penalosa at the International Transport Forum in January, 2011.

Enrique Peñalosa is one of the great urban thinkers of our time. During his three year term (1997–2000) as Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Peñalosa implemented numerous radical improvements to the city and its citizens' quality of life. He helped transform Bogotá's attitude from one of negative hopelessness to one of pride and hope, developing a model for urban improvement based on the equal rights of all people to transportation, education, and public spaces.

A discussion will follow. Sponsored by the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board, the UNC dept. of City and Regional Planning, and the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition. A discussion wil follow the speech.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the video.

 

Date: 

Thursday, October 27, 2011 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro

Orange Unified Transportation Board survey

The Orange Unified Transportation Board has initiated a survey about transportation in Orange County.  More information is below.

We need YOUR input! Orange County is working with the NC Department of Transportation, the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Orange Unified Transportation Board to create a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for the County. It will recommend improvements for highways, public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities over the next 25 to 30 years. Although the CTP does not schedule or fund improvements, it is an essential tool in guiding the safe and effective use of the County's transportation system. The purpose of this survey is to obtain your opinions and identify transportation issues that are important to the citizens, businesses, and officials of Orange County.

Bus ridership up trianglewide: CH up 30%

Given the rising cost of gas, it's not surprising that riding the bus has become increasingly popular. Of interest is the idea that in wealthy CH bus riding has increased 30%, whereas in Durham bus riding has only increased just 9.5%.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1073429.html

Is it a case of those who are most able to afford it taking advantage of CH's fare free system? Is it purely different demographics? Or is it  different levels of  service?

 
 

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