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Despite Funding Challenges, Chapel Hill Offers Extensive Free Transportation Network

The North Carolina college town boasts free transit and dozens of miles of bike lanes and greenways.

February 21, 2024 - Yahoo News

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North Carolina Is Building an Online Tool to Quantify Outcomes of Flood Projects

The tool will allow local planners to evaluate impacts of flooding and prioritize projects with the biggest return on investment.

January 28, 2024 - Governing

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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Could Upzone for Mixed-Use, Housing

A new proposal reimagines the primarily industrial and office-oriented area to a ‘15-minute city.’

December 12, 2023 - The News & Observer

View of low-rise buildings in downtown Durham, North Carolina at sunset.

Durham Eliminates Parking Requirements

Another domino has fallen in the parking reform movement.

November 27, 2023 - The News & Observer

Rendering of proposed bus rapid transit station with dedicated bus lanes in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina’s First BRT Line Breaks Ground

Raleigh’s mayor calls the new rapid transit line “a game changer” for local mobility.

November 9, 2023 - WRAL

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Charlotte’s Changing Commute Patterns

With more people working from home since the pandemic, the area is seeing shorter commute times for cars and public transit.

November 8, 2023 - WFAE

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Greensboro Looks to Double Transit Service

The North Carolina city is exploring ways to expand its transit network.

October 24, 2023 - Human Transit

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North Carolina Town Swaps Fixed-Route Buses for On-Demand Microtransit

The community of Wilson is testing the efficiency of using a publicly subsidized on-demand van service in lieu of traditional buses.

September 20, 2023 - SourceOne

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Georgia Makes Clean Energy History in U.S.

The first newly constructed nuclear power plant to generate electricity in the U.S. in over 30 years began operation in Waynesboro, Georgia on July 31.

September 6, 2023 - Georgia Power

View of natural gas power plant with two tall smokestacks on Northern California coast

Making Natural Gas Power Plants Cleaner

Carbon capture and storage has long been associated with coal-burning power plants. Calpine Corp. hopes to apply the controversial technology to existing natural gas power plants, beginning with a pilot project to start this month in the Bay Area.

August 17, 2023 - The Sacramento Bee

A map of the planned route of GoTriangle commuter rail.

FTA Rejects North Carolina Commuter Rail Funding

As commuter patterns shift, so too do the transit funding preferences of the federal government.

July 31, 2023 - The News & Observer

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Raleigh Introduces E-Bike Voucher Program

More cities are incentivizing the use of e-bikes for short trips by offering rebates to residents.

June 13, 2023 - WUNC

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Charlotte’s New Zoning Code, Set to Launch in June, Faces Tough Tests

Faced with the challenges and controversies of rapid growth, Charlotte has approved a new comprehensive plan and unified development code in recent years.

May 8, 2023 - WCNC

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North Carolina’s Triangle Faces Growing Pains

The region’s rapid growth and high housing costs are prompting a contentious debate over zoning changes that would boost density.

April 27, 2023 - Axios

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Charlotte Area Transit System Gets an Ultimatum: Fill Staffing Gaps or Cease Operations

The Charlotte Area Transit System must fully staff its Rail Operating Control Center or else. It’s only the latest challenge for the city’s troubled light rail transit system.

April 10, 2023 - Charlotte Observer

North Carolina

North Carolina Drafts Clean Transportation Plan

Similar to other plans focused on reducing emissions from the transportation plan, North Carolina’s draft Clean Transportation Plan will rely on electric vehicles to reduce emissions from the state’s transportation sector.

March 7, 2023 - Government Technology

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Taking the ADU Model to the Next Level

How can we get more accessory dwelling units built, keep them affordable, and make them a force for increasing racial equity?

January 26, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

Rendering of white cottage-style ADU

Raleigh Launches Pre-Approved ‘ADU Gallery’

The city wants to streamline the process and lower construction costs for accessory dwelling units in order to boost the city’s housing supply without dramatically altering neighborhoods.

December 20, 2022 - WUNC

Aerial view of downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Approves ADA Compliance Plan

The city plans to make improvements to pedestrian infrastructure and bring its public streets into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

October 28, 2022 - WLOS

View of green lawn and Buncombe County courthouse in Asheville, North Carolina

How Tax Assessments in a Supposedly Progressive County Are Reinforcing Racism

Buncombe County in North Carolina was one of the first places in the U.S. to support reparations for Black residents. So why is the county not doing a better job of addressing property tax inequities that directly impact residents of color?

September 20, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

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