Ken Larsen's web site - BOCC Light Rail public input March 7, 2017
Public speakers who voiced opposition to the Durham Orange Light Rail project (DOLRT)
30 people spoke during the public speakers
segment. 6 voiced support for the project; 24 were against it.
All 30 speakers want a robust public transportation system, but the
24 anti-DOLRT speakers claim that that can't be attained if DOLRT is
built. It will cost too much. That view was best
expressed by Neal Bench.
Here are links to the videos of the speeches of all 24 people who are against the DOLRT: [This is listed in the order that people spoke.]
Dennis Seacrest Expletives about his property reevaluation + a condemnation of the DOLRT. You want us to put our money in a 3 mile long rat hole that we will never use.
Alex Castro Jr DOLRT will hurt the growing senior population in rural Orange County: 1.) Property taxes will go up, 2.) funding for other modes of transportation will go down, and 3.) DOLRT won't have its first rider until 2028. Seniors currently have little access to public transportation. Call me a skeptic, but DOLRT won't be delivered on time nor on budget. Cut our losses now. [text of speech]
Julie McClintock (CHALT) We want effective public transit. Thank you for initiating an independent review [by Davenport engineering consulting firm] of the GoTriangle financial plan. Tonight we petition you to hold a public hearing when their analysis is presented. This is the largest project ever undertaken by Orange County. We request that the County release the study as soon as it is available. [text of speech]
Brenda McCall We want better transit now. DOLRT will siphon money away from better solutions that could be implemented now, and it likely will be obsolete by the time it's finished in 2029. [text of speech]
Lisa Kaylie Trump administration appears to be launching a war against public transportation, and DOLRT may not receive federal funding. Cut our losses before any more money is wasted.
Neal Bench DOLRT will siphon money away from other projects like schools, affordable housing, parks, and senior needs. DOLRT has taken 93% of the transit tax that was approved in 2012. [text of speech]
Rachel Phelps Hawkins (Schley Grange) Economic development opportunity along Orange County sliver of DOLRT will be minimal. UNC owns most of that. Adopt a plan that benefits all of Orange County. [text of speech]
Joan Guilkey Financial risks of cost overruns of DOLRT will fall on taxpayers ... not to GoTriangle ... but we won't see much benefit. GoTriangle wants to borrow $ 1B. BRT is a better choice. [text of speech]
Shannon Stephenson DOLRT is based on out-dated studies of 15-501. DOLRT won't serve Efland and Chatham county. Some people are hell-bent on DOLRT even though it no longer makes sense. [text of speech]
Commissioner Renee Price's questions/comments
Question/comment about social justice goals (unanswered)
Commissioner Earl McKee's questions/comments
Commissioner Mark Marcoplos equates at-grade crossings of light
rail to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). [video]
This is clearly false, because light rail at-grade crossings
have barriers that they lower. BRT uses existing roads and
does not use barriers.