21st Century Transportation meeting 11/26 1 pm

November 26, 2007

The 21st Century Transportation Committee will be meeting today, Monday, November 26, 2007 at 1 pm in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.

Agenda is here.

Streaming audio of the meeting should be here. (Click on Room 643)

Earlier posts on this committee are here and here.


Charlotte Light Rail ribbon-cutting Monday

November 17, 2007

I will be in Charlotte Monday, November 19 for the ribbon cutting of Charlotte’s new 9.6 mile Lynx Blue Line Light Rail system. Revenue servce begins November 26, 2007.

I am not sure what festivities Charlotte has planned, but Trelease’s “North Carolina Railroad 1849-1871, the Modernization of North Carolina” reports that when service from Charlotte on the state-funded North Carolina Railroad was extended to Salisbury on January 4, 1855, citizens of Salisbury celebrated with a barbecue and consumed “24 hogs, 16 sheep, 6 beeves, 10 opossums, and 1,400 pounds of bread”,  capped off with a balloon ascension.

 UPDATE: Here are some of the festivities planned for November 24, a free service day for the public. See a picture of light rail line with Charlotte skyline in back.

21st Century website

November 17, 2007

The NC General Assembly’s 21st Century Transportation Committee now has a real website, but as we say, it is under construction.  The menu bar on the left will have links to committee resources and documents.

We’ve got a great graphic on the website put up by our ISD staff covering the committee’s charges: rail, air, bicycle, roads, ports, bridges, and public transportation. The graphic on the upper right represents Charlotte’s 9.6 mile CATS Lynx Blue Line light rail system.

The committee next meets Monday, November 26, 2007, 1 p.m., Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.

21st Century Transportation Committee to meet 11/8

November 6, 2007

The new 21st Century Transportation Committee will have its first meeting Wednesday, November 8, 2007 at 1:00 pm in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.  A website for the committee is now up. should be functional by Thursday.  The committee charge and authorization has been posted, and a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tem Mark Basnight contains details of the charge to the committee, noting the following goals:

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