Light Rail at Our Own Risk

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  1. plurimus

     /  July 31, 2017

    Doing the math, there are roughly 30 months until 2020. 70M/30= a burn rate of +2.3 million dollars a month for a 17 mile project that primarily benefits three institutions that are not contributing to the project.

    The Orange county portion of the 2.3M per month burn rate is roughly 20% or ~476K per month.

    The taxes are regressive and unfairly burden people who will never be able to ride the transit trophy.

    The GoTriange’s own EIS states that DOLRT will have a minimal impact on current traffic congestion and 40 at grade crossing will likely impact traffic negatively.

    As Mr. Cabanes points out, there is no guarantee that the federal funding will come through, and the “medium” rating is not encouraging.

    Advances in technology make point to point mass transit more available/affordable everyday and thus hub oriented LRT less impactful/desirable as a transit choice.

    Meanwhile, Chapel Hill is building out in areas that are nowhere near the DOLRT (EF, Obey Creek and MLK/I-40)

    What is wrong with this picture, folks? These are YOUR tax dollars. What else could be done to improve transit with that taxpayer money? Who will be held accountable?

  2. Bonnie Hauser

     /  July 31, 2017

    Thanks for covering this Nancy and Alex. It looks like no one wants to pull the brakes on this project – including the FTA. So it limps along regardless of risk and lack of public process