Category: Transportation

  • Why North Carolinians are upbeat

    North Carolina is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars more a year than it used to building, expanding, resurfacing, and maintaining our highways — and the results are evident.

  • General Assembly unanimously passes first Hurricane Florence relief package

    State lawmakers told tales of destruction of and struggles in hurricane-battered communities before unanimously approving $56.5 million spread over two emergency response bills. Debate was muted as members voted on the bipartisan measures, which House and Senate appropriations subcommittees approved earlier Tuesday, Oct. 2. With…

  • Researchers focus on environmental pros, cons of electric vehicles

    Advocates of electric vehicles point to their benefits in reducing air pollution. But the story is not quite as simple as the advocates suggest. Andrew Yates, professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill economics department, explained Monday for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society why electric vehicles can cause more environmental harm…

  • Wilson among smaller cities considering microtransit

    The public transportation system in Wilson, as in many places, needs taxpayer subsidies to keep the buses running. The difference between the cost of operating the system and revenues, led by passenger fares, is more than $1 million a year. As is the case with other…

  • How will the workforce change? 

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors, and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job.    It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering…

  • Note to lawmakers: Don’t mess things up 

    Starting in 2011, North Carolina lawmakers have implemented transformational changes resulting in a strong and growing economy. More people are working, more opportunities are available, and a streamlined, more efficient state government is treating residents more fairly and equitably.    We’ve come a long way. Don’t mess it up.   Faced with a $2.6 billion shortfall in 2011, legislative leadership…