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Orange to implement transit tax

Posted December 12, 2012

— The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to begin collecting a half-cent sales tax to generate funds for public transit projects.

Local voters approved the tax last month.

The county also will impose a $7 vehicle registration fee for transit projects, and Triangle Transit Authority will collect a $3 vehicle registration fee.

Durham County, which approved a transit tax a year ago, will begin collecting it in April. Wake County hasn't yet put a transit tax on the local ballot.

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  • lrfarms27572 Dec 13, 10:41 a.m.

    atheistswillrule - and as far as your comment on the other topic for today about me not being educated....typical

    just what I would expect form someone from CH. "I'm so much smarter than you with my PHD's...blah....blah....blah"

    if you only knew who you were talking to....

    some of us went and got useful educations

  • btneast Dec 13, 10:41 a.m.

    Why would I drive to Hillsborough wait on the train to CH then wait to return then drive home when I can drive to CH in half the time. My time is worth more than playing on the train

    Thats the problem all mass transit needs to address, not yours specifically, but transit times need to be improved drastically. Implement some express routes, beef up service during peak times, etc. Adding an Amtrack station in Hillsborough unfortunatley will add time to the Raleigh to Charlotte run. You can't stop in every town on every route, it just takes too long, which turns people off. Check out an Amtrack fare as well as its transit time ......it costs nearly the same as flying, but takes as long or longer than driving your own car. What fool would do that. On top of that, Amtrack stations are not very customer friendly, have limited parking,and are just WAY behind the times. You have to make it so people want to use your service, or at least make an effort, which isn't being done at all now

  • lrfarms27572 Dec 13, 10:34 a.m.

    the rest of us who actually work for a living and don't sit around talking about how many PHD's we have could care less about you little "town" you have made there. OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU STUPID POLOCIES!

    CH writes, makes, and ratifies laws that tax, toll, and force the rest of this county to pay for your little pet project that continually fail and suck money from tax payer.

    LIFELONG ORANGE COUNTY NATIVE

  • I am not who you think I am Dec 13, 10:30 a.m.

    "IF" Hillsborough were to sometime in this half of the century get an Amtrak station. Hillsborpugh and Orange Co. would see a revenue increase. Unfortunately this tax is a sham

    Your presumption "that people will appreciate more than what they have to pay for" the people have to know it's available and have access to it to appreciate it (The Northern and Southwestern parts of the county). If you don't live in Hillsborough or Chapel Hill it is of absolutely no use.

    I live in the Northern part of the county and need to go to CH. Why would I drive to Hillsborough wait on the train to CH then wait to return then drive home when I can drive to CH in half the time. My time is worth more than playing on the train

  • lrfarms27572 Dec 13, 10:29 a.m.

    Lifelong NC native here and proud Chapel Hill resident for over 30 years now. I am so proud of our town and our county standing up and doing what is right. When Sen. Helms said don't spend money on the zoo, just put a fence around Chapel Hill, we were HONORED, because it proved that we stood up against everything he represented. And of course we still have the highest number of PHD's in the USA. We have a lovely town with verdant landscapes and don't allow strip malls to mar out landscape. In short we respect human rights, natural beauty and education. And our home values are the highest in the state. Not so bad for such a horrible place huh?

    atheistswillrule

    all that hot air you just got through expelling does not mean a hill of beans to me. I have to pay a tax for something that I do not use, have no access to, and did not agree with.

    I am sick and tired of CH thinking they know everything (just like u) and what is best for everyone.

  • btneast Dec 13, 10:09 a.m.

    They are basically a public service much like fire departments and such. Fire departments and such do not operate in the green

    I think you mean in the black, rather than in the green? Not a good comparison because Fire Departments don't charge for their services, whereas there are fares on transit vehicles. To provide public transit without any fares is completely unrealistic. Yes, it will have to be subsidized somewhat by local governments, but it does need to earn a substantial amount of its way. Local governments ( which is you and me) just can't keep giving everything away for free. An old maxim is that people appreciate more what they have to pay for.

  • I am not who you think I am Dec 13, 9:48 a.m.

    Hillsborough will get improved bus service and a new Amtrak train station. Regional rail could also serve Hillsborough eventually.

    Hillsborough is not going to get an Amtrak station any time soon.

    I'm looking forward to the bus service from Efland to Rougemont...oh wait that's not in the plan. How about the freight service from Cedar Grove to the main line...oh wait that's not in the plan. Yes light rail freight service moving seasonal produce and farm products to the local farmers markets in Durham and Orange Counties. What a novel idea ...not in the plan

    Looking forward to the crying in CH and Carrboro when they come in to take land for the rail system to the hospital or put in the "ugly" overhead line...OH the wailing

    The only light rail system in the country that operates in the black....DisneyWorld

  • atheistswillrule Dec 13, 9:27 a.m.

    Chapel Hill Libs at it again! transplants need to remove themselves from what used to be a great place. irfarms27572

    Lifelong NC native here and proud Chapel Hill resident for over 30 years now. I am so proud of our town and our county standing up and doing what is right. When Sen. Helms said don't spend money on the zoo, just put a fence around Chapel Hill, we were HONORED, because it proved that we stood up against everything he represented. And of course we still have the highest number of PHD's in the USA. We have a lovely town with verdant landscapes and don't allow strip malls to mar out landscape. In short we respect human rights, natural beauty and education. And our home values are the highest in the state. Not so bad for such a horrible place huh?

  • davidk_at_unc Dec 13, 9:24 a.m.

    "I live in Hillsborough, and we will see no benefit from this program. ... It's not good living in a county rules by college students." -- thewayitis

    I live in Hillsborough too, and I am actually excited about the possibilities. As someone else pointed out, this will bring better bus service as well as train service to town. I would use both now if they were more convenient. Instead of pooh-poohing the idea before it even gets off the ground, you might want to start thinking about how you could use the new services to your benefit.

    And as for Chapel Hill being run by college studtents ... it isn't. It IS, however, run by mostly college graduates.

  • lrfarms27572 Dec 13, 9:11 a.m.

    Ugh, this ticks me off! I live in Hillsborough, and we will see no benefit from this program. We only help fund what the Chapel Hill majority desires. Basically, Hillsborough and the county have no choice in what Chapel Hill desires due to shear majority. It's not good living in a county rules by college students.

    thewayitis

    ikr!

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