Ken Larsen's website - Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project (DOLRT) 

Background information 

 

FINAL VOTE April 27, 2017 BOCC votes 5-2 to approve DOLRT
   
    Latest news (July 28, 2017) FTA approves entry into engineering phase; federal money not certain
   


Ken's efforts
July 24, 2016:  Ken's "Makes no sense to me" letter in Chapel Hill News
December 5, 2016:  Ken's speech at BOCC meeting - Don't listen to the "urban growth machine"
January 4, 2017:  Ken's "DOLRT, the Giant Vacuum Cleaner" Chapel Hill News opinion piece
Feb 13, 2017 WCHL Commentator's piece on DOLRT  [text version]
March 1, 2017 WCHL Commentator's piece on At-Grade crossings on DOLRT [text version]
March 7, 2017:  "DOLRT Predictions" - Ken's letter to Chapel Hill News
March 7, 2017:  Ken's speech at BOCC meeting - on at-grade crossings (traffic and safety implications)
March 15, 2017: Ken's email to Orange County Commissioners
March 17, 2017:  Ken's Facebook comment in response to to a Chapel Hill News DOLRT letter
April 4, 2017:  Ken's speech at BOCC meeting - the probability of DOLRT success
April 24, 2017:  Ken's response to an opinion column by GoTriangle's Jeff Mann
April 17, 2017:  Ken's Facebook post
April 18, 2017:  Ken's speech at BOCC meeting - summary of public speeches from previous BOCC meetings
April 24, 2017 Ken's speech at Chapel Hill Town Council meeting - Yellow golf balls matter + Whack-A-Mole game
November 27, 2017:  Ken's "Kick in the groin" speech at a school issues meeting - shows nexus between DOLRT and the school budget
June 21, 2018:  Comparison of Minneapolis light rail to DOLRT
October 10, 2018:  Ken's analysis of traffic near Creekside Elementary School in southwest Durham
November 6, 2018:  Ken submits this comment in response to a DOLRT survey initiated by GoTriangle
November 28, 2018:  Ken's speech at Chapel Hill Town Council meeting
Myths DOLRT myths vs Facts
Meeting
Videos
December 5, 2016 BOCC meeting - Orange County Commissioners voted 5-2 to continue supporting the DOLRT.
January 24, 2017 BOCC meeting discussion on DOLRT
March 7, 2017 BOCC public input on DOLRT
April 4, 2017 BOCC public input on DOLRT

April 18, 2017 BOCC public input on DOLRT
April 24, 2017 Chapel Hill Town Council meeting - DOLRT
April 27, 2017 BOCC discussion and final vote on DOLRT
October 30, 2018:  BOCC Commissioner Mark Marcopolis presents DOLRT status to Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce
November 1, 2018 BOCC discussion of DOLRT (Go Triangle quarterly report)
Maps DOLRT map that can be zoomed in on
DOLRT Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (ROMF)
Flood map
DOLRT + Commuter Rail
DOLRT con job
Posters
Basic info DOLRT information
SmartTransitFuture.org
Affordable Transit for all web page
Misinformation GoTriangle DOLRT misinformation
March 21, 2017 GoTriangle DOLRT propaganda video
Opinion
Pieces

"Don't count your TOD chickens before they hatch" - June 2, 2017 N&O Opinion piece by Tony Blake
"Light Rail, Big Budgets and Social Justice" March 10, 2017 N&O opinion piece by Prof Eric Ghysels of UNC and Prof Robert Healy of Duke
"Can Orange County afford light rail?" April 14, 2017 N&O opinion piece by Bonnie Hauser
"Trump's proposed budget could derail Durham-Orange light rail plan"  Chapel Hill News March 17, 2017
"Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project From Becoming a Boondoggle" - NY Times March 20, 2016
"A Silicon Valley Train Gets Stuck" March 13, 2017 New York Times
"Ten Reasons Portland Transit is not a Model for Other Cities" - October 6, 2014
"Car and Transit Futures in Nashville" -Malcolm Getz, June 29, 2017
   
+ Reasons why people support DOLRT
Analysis of opponents vs proponents
Sally Greene's opinions about DOLRT
Tom Farmer touts St. Louis and Minneapolis as shining examples of light rail success
Public transit in Munich
- Issues with DOLRT
Should we build skyscrapers?
Vibration and noise issues

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/chn-opinion/article136975888.html#storylink=cpy
DOLRT financing
"Repairs to LYNX trains to cost $ 6.5M" - Charlotte news story in 2012
FY16 Bus and Rail Investment Plan -sent by GoTriangle to Orange County Manager on December 9, 2016
FTA wants more proof of local money money for DOLRT February 22, 2017 Chapel Hill News
US GDP by Year Compared to Recessions and Events
   
Hazards of at-grade sections of DOLRT
Video of an at-grade crossing in Denver
Hazard of at-grade crossings to bicyclists
   
Traffic issue on Farrington Road
Ken's views on how to solve traffic problems
   
Social justice aspect of DOLRT  
   
Environmental implications of DOLRT 
ROMF selection, environmental impacts 
   
Predictions Predictions for DOLRT  
Probability of success for DOLRT
Growth and politics in the Triangle area of North Carolina
   
Humor Marge and the Monorail (from a Simpson's episode)
Video showing the work required to debunk all the lies told by GoTriangle
   
BRT Video of BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) for North-South corridor in Chapel Hill

 

 

"In the world of civic projects, the first budget is really just a down payment.  If people knew the real cost from the start, nothing would ever be approved.  The idea is to get going.  Start digging a hole and make it so big, there’s no alternative to coming up with the money to fill it in."  -former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, talking about cost overruns for the San Francisco Transbay Terminal mega project.

BOCC mission statement

 


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