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Public can weigh in on high-speed rail

Posted July 7, 2010

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation is taking the next step to make a high-speed rail line a reality.

Later this month, the department will hold public meetings in Franklin, Wake, Warren and Vance counties explain the results of an eight-year environmental study of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor from Raleigh to Richmond, Va.

The study shows options for where the corridor could go and explains how it might affect surrounding communities.

An open-house information session is scheduled for Monday, July 26, at 5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In addition, information sessions and public hearings will be held 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the following days and locations:

  • Tuesday, July 13, Northside Elementary School, 164 Elementary Ave., Norlina
  • Thursday, July 15, Southside Virginia Community College – Christanna Campus, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, Va.
  • Tuesday, July 20, Virginia DMV Cafeteria, 2300 W. Broad St. 1st Floor, Richmond
  • Wednesday, July 21, Union Station, 103 River St., Petersburg, Va.
  • Thursday, July 22, Sunnyside Elementary School, 10203 Sunnyside Road, McKenney, Va.
  • Tuesday, July 27, Aycock Elementary School, 305 Carey Chapel Road, Henderson
  • Thursday, July 29, Franklinton High School Gym, 6948 N. Cheatham St., Franklinton

In January, the White House awarded North Carolina $545 million in federal stimulus funds for passenger trains between Charlotte and Raleigh and for connections to Washington, D.C.

About $25 million of that goes toward rail improvements from Raleigh to Richmond.

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  • Pseudonym Jul 9, 2010

    budi,

    I don't believe I've ever been on an "empty jet wasting fuel" Every flight I've ever taken on big airlines has been pretty close to standing room only. I have, however been the only person on a city bus. How about that--an empty bus wasting fuel.

  • budi Jul 9, 2010

    High speed rail is good. HSR plus improved local public transport is much better. Those two plus a better system of low-cost, short-distance air travel (along with perhaps some express bus start-ups) would give states optimal public transport grids that could serve everyone and create very large, very stable job bases. Leave the big airlines to long-hauls only and all areas are covered easily and efficiently without empty jets wasting fuel. Besides, trains can utilize more energy sources (i.e. solar) making their cost structure far better (and cleaner) in the long run.

  • Pseudonym Jul 8, 2010

    Orulz,

    If high-speed trains don't run on foreign oil, what do they run on? Unicorn blood?

  • Bendal1 Jul 8, 2010

    Talk about a strawman list, orulz. I'm surprised you didn't include suburban sprawl and loss of natural spaces in that list.

  • orulz Jul 8, 2010

    I'll agree that rail passengers should pay 100% of the cost of building a railway just as soon as highway users start paying all the money involved in highway construction and maintenance. That includes construction, maintenance, law enforcement, the environmental consequences of depending so heavily on oil (Deepwater Horizon), the economic cost of depending so heavily on foreign oil, the strain on our nation that comes from the wars we fight in an attempt to keep access middle eastern oil on our terms, the cost of all the domestic security that our oil-inspired "involvement" in the middle east has wrought. Do you think we'd care whether some thug was in charge in the middle east if they didn't have oil? Would a thug even be in charge if we didn't first buy oil from them? Would we be a terrorism target at all if it weren't for how American oil interests have empowered these thugs in the first place?

    Right now, gas taxes pay for about 50% of the cost of highway construction- that's it!

  • smalldogsrule Jul 8, 2010

    High speed rail would carry more passengers and cargo a whole lot cheaper than airplanes. And for those of us who don't fly (and there are a LOT of us)it gives better travel options. I take the Auto Train when I go to Florida. Park the car on the train and ride. I don't have to drive, and I don't have to rent a car when I get there.

  • nighthunter Jul 8, 2010

    More Aircraft, no rail!

  • dahman Jul 7, 2010

    fine voip........high speed from fl to boston. i wonder if he s planning on it making any stops.

    the only high speed about rail is the rate at which tax $$$ flow out of our pockets. no rail, no way, no how!!!!

  • lizard Jul 7, 2010

    voip

    why don't you pay your money to start your own railroad? If it's such a good idea you'll make millions. Either way you won't involve us (tax dollars) in your selfishness.

  • stopthespending Jul 7, 2010

    another waste of taxpayer money. passenger trains went out with the wild west. only place they make sense is the NE corridor.

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