Transportation

Picture of a two-lane road with a protected bike lane. The bike lane is buffered from the travel lane and there are flexi-posts in the buffer, but they have been knocked down.

To get people out of cars, we need to maintain, not just build, sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails.

In June 2019, while out running, I tripped while crossing an intersection. This didn’t happen only because I’m clumsy; the road I was crossing had been built around 2010 and never completed, so it was missing a final layer of asphalt. There’s a sharp cliff between the gutter pan and the street. It’s a tripping …

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Chapel Hill and Carrboro school bus issues speak to wider need for safe streets and greenways

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools held a virtual meeting to discuss school buses.  Those who tuned in quickly realized that our school bus system is in trouble—big trouble. We’ve lost drivers and buses, and have started using contracted vehicles just to get kids to school. There are children riding the bus …

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A kindergartener parent perspective: My first bike and walk to school day

I’m a kindergarten parent, so today was my first day participating in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District’s annual Bike and Walk to School Day. We met a crew of eager bikers at the top of Greensboro Street, and were joined by Council Member Sammy Slade for the bike to Carrboro Elementary. Another group led by …

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Explainer: What is the North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSRBT) in Chapel Hill?

We’re transit nerds, and are really excited about the planned North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) project in Chapel Hill. This post details what the line is and how it will help transit and traffic in Chapel Hill. First, what is Bus Rapid Transit? If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably been somewhere with rapid transit. …

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Five questions to ask before supporting a new transportation plan

My recent piece on the proposed Commuter Rail Project received some pushback, including from TBBer Melody Kramer. Most of the criticism made two points: 1). Highway spending is just as wasteful, and we never hear criticism of highways, and 2.) If we don’t support this project now, we’ll regret it in the future.  While I’m sympathetic …

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Go, Go Triangle: Yes, we should move forward with the commuter rail project

We at Triangle Blog Blog are not a singularity, and we often debate civic topics amongst ourselves. So when my Triangle Blog Blog colleague Martin Johnson wrote earlier about GoTriangle’s latest commuter rail plans – saying that we shouldn’t move forward with the project due to high costs and potential low ridership, I wanted to …

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Chapel Hill’s Greenways: What’s next and what could be

This week, Jennifer Keesmaat and her team come back to Chapel Hill for another discussion about complete communities. At the previous meeting in August, she discussed her solution to Chapel Hill’s problems—greenways!—and suggested that she was interested in crowdsourcing where Chapel Hill might expand its greenway network. Of course, this is Chapel Hill, which means …

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A Planning Study to Nowhere: GoTriangle’s commuter rail plans

On Tuesday, GoTriangle, our regional transit agency, gave a presentation to the Durham County Commissioners on its latest feasibility study for commuter rail in the Triangle. The study, which cost $9 million, was intended to build support for building a commuter rail line through the heart of the Research Triangle, beginning in West Durham and …

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