Road Worrier blog
Posted by Bruce Siceloff - staff columnist on July 21, 2014
Just as state Senate GOP leaders start pushing legislation that could make it hard for Wake County to get moving on a big transit plan, Wake GOP leaders say they finally are ready to get moving on a big transit plan.
The Republican-led county commissioners took transit out of cold storage Monday with a pledge to launch a new, fast study of bus and rail transit improvement options for Wake County. They laid out a brisk timetable for asking questions and getting answers in time to decide by next summer whether to put a transit plan and a half-cent sales tax to help pay for it on the October 2015 referendum ballot.
Were ready, County Manager Jim Hartmann told the commissioners. This is where were going to start moving a little bit at warp speed.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 19, 2014
An 8-acre mound of dirt is all that remains after an $82 million cleanup at the site of Ward Transformer Co., the Triangle’s nastiest industrial polluter. But Ward’s half-century legacy of toxic PCB contamination will linger in the Raleigh area for years to come in creeks and lakes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport west of the city to the Neuse River on the east side.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 16, 2014
The northern NC coast is part of a land mass that is slowly sinking, and seas have risen there about 15 inches in the past 90 years. Farther south, at Wilmington, it's about 7 inches.
Posted by Colin Campbell on July 16, 2014
Finding a parking space in downtown Raleigh could soon be as easy as a tap on the old smartphone. Jim Belt - who heads Downtown Living Advocates and made Tuesday's pitch for the app - said visitors often have the perception that parking is a challenge downtown. But with 18 decks and plenty of on-street spaces, Raleigh has plenty of options to choose from, and a dozen of them are free on evenings and weekends.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 15, 2014
Climate Central published interactive online maps it said will help North Carolina coastal residents gauge the risk of flooding expected to increase as the seas rise. Meanwhile, the NC Coastal Resources Commission science panel prepared to start work on a new official state forecast for sea-level rise during the next 30 years.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 11, 2014
The Wake County commissioners will be asked at a July 21 work session to agree on a plan for developing a “transit investment strategy” to replace the Wake Transit Plan, which was shelved after its introduction three years ago.