Category: Transportation

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…

  • Southport megaport plan goes nowhere

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 760: A 600-acre waterfront property in Southport set aside for a state-run “megaport” remains vacant, and the N.C. State Ports Authority has no plans to develop or sell it. The property’s most recent tax appraisal also shows the land is worth half its…

  • Transit will waste tax dollars

    No matter how many billions of tax dollars we spend on buses and trains, we can’t expect the share of our commutes carried by transit to rise into the double-digits anytime soon.

  • Audit finds excessive use of state vehicles by DMV workers

    A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary organization,” according to an investigative report released Tuesday by State Auditor Beth Wood.

  • Appeals Court rules against N.C. DOT in Map Act case

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against the state Department of Transportation in its attempt to avoid paying landowners harmed by DOT’s use of the Map Act in Forsyth and Guilford counties. Though the judges split, 2-1, on the legal reasoning, all three sided with property owners in…

  • CSX remains unclear about future of Carolina Connector

    While state officials say they are not aware that CSX has changed its plans to build a $272 million rail hub in Edgecombe County, a company spokesman says new leaders at the rail giant are reviewing all planned projects. The state has spent more than $4 million of the proposed…

  • Map Act victims still awaiting compensation from state

    A decision last year by the N.C. Supreme Court ordering the state to compensate fairly property owners who filed a lawsuit over the Map Act appeared to signal a win for all people living in planned highway corridors throughout North Carolina, most notably a proposed beltline around…