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Unread 12-10-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Before the bottom fell out of the economy in September, there were discussions inside CATS and among elected officials about whether to ask voters for more money. The idea was to build the entire system as quickly as possible, because rapid inflation in construction prices was threatening to make some projects too costly and unbuildable.
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The train, you can argue, has worked out well,” said former county commissioner Jim Puckett, who led an effort to repeal the tax. “But the financing was never a good idea. As a county commissioner, I used to ask Ron Tober: ‘Is the sales tax sufficient?' And he always said it would be.”
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In the long term, there is good and bad,” Parker said. “If the sales tax stays in its current state for a prolonged period, it will cost us tens of millions of dollars for the next 10 years
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If federal funding falls through for the Lynx extension, the chances of building the entire 11-mile segment are nil. CATS could build a small part of the line, to NoDa or Sugar Creek.
I cannot see after the bailout Lynx receiving any more funding.

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Unread 12-10-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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That's how Atlanta started its train MARTA. Now look at it. Charlotte is going to be the same way. I remember it being a lot of opposition in northern atlanta. Now with all the traffic, they want a train station. I'm use to taking public transportation. I hope by the time I move to NC more lines will be completed! Charlotte is the next ATL
Although Atlanta is great, we in the Charlotte area do not want to be the next Atlanta for many reasons. I am really pulling for rail service out here in Cornelius. They are talking about eventually having both light and heavy rail. We could conceivably have one or both in five years. I have used MARTA during off rush hour times and it was pretty dead.I would imagine that service going north gets quite heavy? Where exactly are you talking about when you said that they want a train station? I'm only familiar with MARTA running north towards Duluth, etc.
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Unread 12-10-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel, NC
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Do they even check to see if you bought a ticket? Rode it only once, packed train on a weekend and nobody around to check tickets. Seems like a potential loss of revenue if this is a common practice.
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Unread 12-10-2008, 05:30 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Do they even check to see if you bought a ticket? Rode it only once, packed train on a weekend and nobody around to check tickets. Seems like a potential loss of revenue if this is a common practice.
There are supposed to be random checks. The threat of receiving a ticket is supposed to deter non-paying riders. I believe the ticket is $50.
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Unread 12-10-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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Do they even check to see if you bought a ticket? Rode it only once, packed train on a weekend and nobody around to check tickets. Seems like a potential loss of revenue if this is a common practice.
http://cmsmondo.co.mecklenburg.nc.us...D+CHECKER+#top

While inspectors or the police may not check every train every time the thought of a $50 fine would deter many people.
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Unread 12-10-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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Do they even check to see if you bought a ticket? Rode it only once, packed train on a weekend and nobody around to check tickets. Seems like a potential loss of revenue if this is a common practice.
I ride it frequently for recreational use only and have been checked probably about 25% of the time.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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Stops are pretty close and frequent. If the inspector begins at the front of the car, anyone towards the rear has an opportunity to slip out without being checked unless the train is halted between stations. Is this what is done?
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Unread 12-11-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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Although Atlanta is great, we in the Charlotte area do not want to be the next Atlanta for many reasons. I am really pulling for rail service out here in Cornelius. They are talking about eventually having both light and heavy rail. We could conceivably have one or both in five years. I have used MARTA during off rush hour times and it was pretty dead.I would imagine that service going north gets quite heavy? Where exactly are you talking about when you said that they want a train station? I'm only familiar with MARTA running north towards Duluth, etc.
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well marta doesnt go to duluth and all train lines are packed during rush hour there almost 300,000 that ride marta a day east and west lines are always packed so south people going to college park and the airport i ride marta everyday so see these things but sometimes it does have its dead days so maybe you caught it on a dead day and marta started out as a heavy rail system vs light rail
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Unread 12-11-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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I cannot see after the bailout Lynx receiving any more funding.
Actually Sunny if Obama follows through on his promise to rebuild the country's infrastructure I don't see why funding would be denied.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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I heard through the grapevine today that, given the high likelihood of a federal infrastructure stimulus, our state and region will probably get a good shot in the arm for mass transit funding and keep things on track.
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