Thursday, February 26, 2009

Petersburg-Raleigh Trail

From the SouthEast High-Speed Rail FAQ:

14. I have heard there could be a possible trail or greenway along the corridor?

Yes. The SEHSR project now includes a parallel multipurpose trail concept, a unique opportunity to provide additional economic and quality-of-life value for most all the towns and communities along the corridor. The trail concept would be a separate project, parallel to and outside the rail right of way, but within the SEHSR study corridor. As such, all environmental work being collected and analyzed for the rail project would be available for evaluation of the trail concept. The environmental clearance of the trail would allow trail proponents in each state to apply for state and federal funds for the eventual completion of the trail.

Incorporation of the trail concept into the SEHSR project was requested and funded by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The trail concept would run from just south of Petersburg to the Neuse River, north of Raleigh. It likely would become part of the East Coast Greenway, a proposed trail traversing the east coast states from Maine to Florida.

Furthermore, quotes the SEHSR project manager as saying:

…The trail concept runs from just south of Petersburg, Virginia (at Burgess) to the north side of Raleigh at the Neuse River (approximately 116 miles), connecting all the cities and towns along the way. It could become an important link in the East Coast Greenway, a proposed trail that would traverse the eastern seaboard states from Maine to Florida .

The trail location would vary in proximity to the rail right of way, and would also cross from the east side to the west side as needed, using current or purposed grade separations (i.e. there will be no “at-grade” crossings of the trail and the main rail line)

For approximately 76 miles, where the proposed rail improvements will fall within the existing rail right of way, the trail concept is envisioned to be on a 30’ trail cross section on a 60’ right of way, completely outside the rail right of way. The minimum separation (between the tracks and the trail) would be 50-60 feet, and the average should be about 100 feet.

For the remaining 40 miles, where the rail alternatives are expected to go off of the existing rail right of way, the trail would likely use the old, inactive rail right of way…

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Raleigh's hybrid circulator

Raleigh's new downtown circulator bus is a great—hybrid and free! And I think it is routed to connect to the parking garages—great work! Yet, I have concerns:

  1. I don’t see a BIKE RACK in the photo.
  2. It is a perversion of the term to call this “BRT”. This is good, but it is NOT BRT. Please don’t insult our intelligence.
  3. Is it a BIO-diesel hybrid? Grease disposal is a big problem in Raleigh, causing sanitary sewer overflows. This bus centers on a high restaurant density area and should burn waste veg oil.
  4. Will there be supporting WAY FINDING improvements for riders? Especially important for out of town guests.

More info at New Raleigh