Month: March 2020

RDU’s “Vision 2040” master plan is absurd

When Raleigh-Durham International Airport embarked on its $2.7 billion “Vision 2040” master plan in 2015, its facilities were actually the newest they had been in decades. Terminal 2, the main terminal at the airport, had been completed in 2011 at the cost of $570 million. The new 900,000-square-foot terminal featured designs from Fentress Architects and The Freelon Group. It had high undulating ceilings of beams made of Douglas firs, abundant natural light, a layout that was easy to navigate, and connections for travelers with laptops. It was the most modern terminal the airport had had in a long time. Terminal 1, the old “blue box,” as it was known, also had just finished renovating in 2014. Far from being dilapidated and spent, the RDU’s facilities in early 2015 were the newest they had been for decades. It was the culmination of the work of the airport’s 1994 master plan. So the question is: Why did RDU officials insist on doing a new master plan at all when its facilities were mostly new? Actually, Raleigh-Durham International …

Blog post: It’s March! It’s springtime… Isn’t it? Here are two music videos that remind me of spring.

Anyone ready for spring? March to me is a transitional month between February and April. I’m very aware of February. I’m happy and excited for April. March is that month where I’m a bit in a daze and often feel like, Um, is it winter still? Is it spring? I don’t know. Should I still cook some stew? Is it watermelon season yet? I’m so confused! In March 2018, I was commuting and working a lot and barely experienced the outdoors and the weather. Last year, I was more local at a job but I felt like I was in a cave, and again, barely went outside. This year, because of the coronavirus, there’s an air of fear and disgust everywhere. What to do about this? If I go on a hike, should I wear a mask — because, you know, fresh air might infect you? Just kidding. But this is how people are feeling and behaving, isn’t it? Like some random fresh air will infect you. The panic over the coronavirus has been crazy. …

No, the light rail was not a good idea. Part 2: The obvious questions and other objections

One year on, there are still two major questions about the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project, that was re-proposed in 2012 and then sporadically discussed in the community for years until late 2018, when it exploded into a toxic issue.
The questions: We’ve been going through a chaotic time. Why was GoTriangle so intent on pushing through a huge project instead of simply maintaining existing services?
And where did the $159 million spent on the light rail go?