Municipography, Walking, Union Station, and Commuter Trains

Municipography is a summary of current issues going through the Raleigh City Council and other municipal departments in the city. The point is to try to deliver any video, photos, and text associated with the discussions happening at City Hall or elsewhere. Since this is a downtown Raleigh blog, the focus is on the center of the city.

Walk Raleigh

Matt Tomasulo and his Walk Raleigh signs have been accepted as a gift to the city. The signs brought international attention to Raleigh and after some time had to be taken down because of the lack of a permit. Still, the signs made their statement and some will be put back up for a 90 day pilot program.

The council unanimously approved.

Financials

Last month, city staff was authorized to apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic
Recovery (“TIGER”) grant for a component of Union Station. The NCDOT and Triangle are helping with the application too and have come up with this financial breakdown:

This puts the city’s cost at $7 million. Remember, that last year $3 million was approved by voters in the Transportation Bond. So the remaining $4 million will have to be worked into next year’s budget cycle. This move helps the grant application.

John Odom voted against this stating concerns about the cost while the rest of the council approved.

Commuter Rail Station Locations

The city’s Passenger Rail Task Force stopped by to endorse the locations of the commuter rail stations in Raleigh. Those four being at:

You can read about more about this as well as light rail and buses at the Transit tag link but for the best wrap up of the commuter rail plans jump to, “Transit, Commuter Rail, and More, We Dive Into The Docs.”

The council approved this unanimously.

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Comments

With the Hopes of a light rail in Raleigh,People,ask yourselves,Do you really want to Pay $4.00 in Gas.Do you really want to Keep Driving in your cars to work each week.It is only going to get worse if we Citizen of Raleigh embrace in Mass transit and use it more often.The Very Cramped Amtrak Station in Downtown is Out of Date.We need 21st Century Transit that will take us to our destination safe and efficent.Less traffic,less accidents,less polution,HELLO..!!…Just remember one thing..Gas is going to continue to go up.I for one will use light rail to get to work and keep my car at Home. Think about it.

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