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sunny7 Dec 28, 2:27 p.m.
"having a 40 some cents a gallon tax on gas and a toll to pay for the roads is DOUBLE TAX. and if there werent 9 workers watching 1 man dig a hole maybe they could afford to repair the roads correctlythe first time, and some of the repairs i have seen a 2 year old could have done it better with bubble gum."
Ha ha ha - funny comments. I trust 2013 will bring you peace.
JDNCSU Dec 28, 2:25 p.m.
"...NCDOT is full of highly competent engineers..."
Really? Let's see, just a few from memory...
- Correcting wrong specs on I40W headed away from RDU towards Chapel Hill cost taxpayers how much money and time and aggravation?
- And everyone remember the original ONE LANE exit from I540W to 40W? Whoever designed and approved that should have been fired.
-And what about the lane shifting and ultimately useless lane at I40W into Raleigh at US70??
-Ever had to merge onto I540W from Triangle Town Center on a busy day?
-And a single lane exit from I540W onto US70N? That intersection in whole is a nightmare at rush hours.
-And why is the resurfaced I540 from Capital Blvd out to RDU bumpier and rougher than the original surface?
...and all of that in a 10-mile stretch...don't even get me atarted on other places in the state...
wilsmoku Dec 28, 1:17 p.m.
Remember this when your property taxes go up to pay for more schools, teachers, etc. "But I already pay property tax - this is double taxation!"
beg to differ that is a tax increase!
having a 40 some cents a gallon tax on gas and a toll to pay for the roads is DOUBLE TAX.
and if there werent 9 workers watching 1 man dig a hole maybe they could afford to repair the roads correctlythe first time, and some of the repairs i have seen a 2 year old could have done it better with bubble gum.
busyb97 Dec 28, 10:47 a.m.
Finally! This will be much easier (and cheaper) for when we travel up north. I couldnt get the Pass systems in those states because we are not residents, but now I guess I can use the NC quickpass. Still wont drive the overpriced NC 540 though. :)
wilsmoku Dec 28, 9:59 a.m.
“This allows our customers the freedom to travel on many tolling roads with the same ease as traveling at home.”
i cant help but read this as
this allows our customers to be DOUBLE TAXED at home and gives us the basis for future DOUBLE TAXED roads.
sunny7 Dec 28, 9:51 a.m.
I am always amazed at the comments from the public that attack government without really understanding the complexities of the many responsibilities that government is charged with. NCDOT is full of highly competent engineers that try very hard to do things the right way - safely, efficiently,fairly, etc. Very few decisions are as politically driven as many believe. NCDOT is a governmental agency whose funding comes from the public - through the General Assembly. So - by its nature it has to be politically connected. However, engineering decisions are made by engineers - not politicians. Take the time to learn more about what they do, why they do it, and how things are done. NCDOT has the largest road system in country and they do a tremendous job given the many constraints that exist. Thanks NCDOT!
h3ardita11b4 Dec 28, 9:44 a.m.
Finally - can't wait!
sunny7 Dec 28, 9:44 a.m.
Regarding the repaving of I-40 from Exits 293 - 301, the underlying concrete pavement is crumbling due to alkali-silica reactivity (ASR). This is a national problem with concrete that was utilized years ago. Several years ago NCDOT placed a layer of asphalt over the crumbling concrete to protect the traveling public until the project could be developed to totally replace the old problematic pavement. This problem is NOT a failure of NCDOT to do things correctly. It was an unknown issue that has developed over time. NCDOT is really trying to do the right thing to protect the traveling public and ensure that the road is repaired correctly.
sunny7 Dec 28, 9:37 a.m.
E-ZPass was not used in the beginning because it was not interoperable with states south of NC. NC wanted a system with full interoperability. NC forced the issue with E-ZPass and negotiated a special agreement which makes NC unique in its ability to utilize the different technologies that exist to provide for electronic toll collection. These folks worked hard to make this happen. This is government working very hard to make the best system possible. Give them some credit for actually knowing what they are doing.
I know some stuff Dec 27, 2:53 p.m.
Further to the NC is incompetent theme, NO ONE has explained why they think I-40 exits 293 thru 301 needs to be demolished and rebuilt....at great expense and inconvenience to all.
Does anyone have an article that justifies that?
There's lots of roads in much worse shape than this newly paved (2 yrs) section of road.
westernwake1 Dec 27, 2:39 p.m.
"And why did NC not use the existing EZ Pass System, in the first place and instead had to re-invent the wheel??" - Raptus Regaliter
Because the Quick Pass people were friends and family of the NC State politicans.
Raptus Regaliter Dec 27, 1:52 p.m.
"We are Incompetent" should be the motto of NC DOT.
Click on the Quick Pass link provided about and read the following:
"Want to use your NC Quick Pass hardcase transponder on out of state toll roads? Unfortunately, the NC Quick Pass transponder ONLY works on North Carolina toll roads. We hope to be interoperable with outside agencies (such as E-ZPass and SunPass) in the future. Remember -- only the NC Quick Pass hardcase transponder will be interoperable."
Absolutely no mention on their own site of any interoperability agreements pending on Jan 3rd. And the news article above mentions 15 states, of exactly which 15 we have no clue or information....
And why did NC not use the existing EZ Pass System, in the first place and instead had to re-invent the wheel??
NotFromHere Dec 27, 1:33 p.m.
Great news. I already have any EZPass for when I travel around the North East. Now I can use the one transponder for all my travels.
Stringbean Dec 27, 1:11 p.m.
Must be because of the big loss with no one using that new apex toll rd.. lol
NCPictures Dec 27, 1:08 p.m.
Still will not find me driving on any toll road in NC. And from the empty highway I see, I am not the only one.
Also, I did business up in NJ/NY and had an Easy Pass. Some of the rudest people you will ever deal with!
tayled Dec 27, 1:06 p.m.
does anyone besides me see the conspiracy here? Funny how a major road that appears to be in fairly good shape (US 1 to 64) is set to start major renovations soon and a viable alternative would be the new toll road? I can think of other roads in Wake County that need this repair far more than US 1 to 64
djofraleigh Dec 27, 12:56 p.m.
How does this affect revenues kept in NC? Lots of money leaves the state yearly due to the lottery, a fourth of winnings to the federal government for doing nothing, and some millions to the contest administrators who are out of state.
Scubagirl Dec 27, 12:50 p.m.
so all the EZ Pass folks who were FORCED to purchase a different transponder......will they get a refund???
kikinc Dec 27, 12:25 p.m.
I was told that NC didn't submit to the EZ Pass at first b/c of a legal issue. The EZ Pass records are private and therefore needs a subpoena in order to be seen. That rule wasn't in place for the Quickpass when it was first developed, and it was a matter where anyone could request the travel records for anyone else. It came down to privacy issues. Once NC decided to make travel records private, EZ Pass said they would talk about combining the two.
I heard this from someone who works in the NC DOT, but I don't know how truthful this is. Just figured I'd pass it along in case someone else has heard the same thing.
peppercorns Dec 27, 12:15 p.m.
WOw! That's great! Welcome to the 21rst century North Carolina! What on earth made you create the Quick Pass anyway? Pretty much was a waste of time and effort. Should have used E-Z Pass to start with.
whatelseisnew Dec 27, 12:09 p.m.
When you use GUNS to extract the money you do not have Customers. You have victims of your robbery.
SomeRandomGuy Dec 27, 11:54 a.m.
They should have just used EZ-Pass to start with...
livinginapex Dec 27, 11:54 a.m.
Never mind. The answer is yes. A much more detailed story can be found on the News & Observer website.
livinginapex Dec 27, 11:48 a.m.
But will those people with EZ Pass be able to use it in place of NC Quickpass on North Carolina roads?
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03