Sara Wood http://whqr.org en Public transportation destination: What the future holds http://whqr.org/post/public-transportation-destination-what-future-holds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Each weekday, there are more than 520,000 trips** on the region’s road network.</strong> This includes traffic from </span>Pender<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. By 2040 that number is projected to <em>double</em>. That’s according to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, the agency responsible for regional transportation planning. As public transit agencies like Wave Transit struggle to stretch smaller budgets </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">and</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> improve service,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;it might be up to the community to choose its own transportation destiny.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:59:45 +0000 Sara Wood & John Mortara 38419 at http://whqr.org Public transportation destination: What the future holds The cost of Wave Transit: What fuels your ride? http://whqr.org/post/cost-wave-transit-what-fuels-your-ride <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you build it, they will come. But before that happens, someone has to pay to put it together. The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County combined transportation forces to form Wave Transit almost a decade ago. The authority was set up on its own, independent of both city and county government. It also started with no cash balance, meaning no money in the bank. In part 2 of a series on Wave Transit, we explore&nbsp;the financial woes of the agency.</span></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:59:46 +0000 Sara Wood & John Mortara 38061 at http://whqr.org The cost of Wave Transit: What fuels your ride? Wave Transit and the passenger: A modern chicken & egg story http://whqr.org/post/wave-transit-and-passenger-modern-chicken-egg-story <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s late Tuesday morning. I’m standing in front of Carolina </span>Farmin’<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Market Street, waiting for the 108 bus. I’ve never taken the bus because I drive everywhere, even though there’s a bus stop 7 minutes from my house. I’m considered a <strong>choice rider</strong> – I don’t have to ride, but I choose to. Here’s what I’ve noticed about the bus as a person who never takes the bus: it looks difficult and inconvenient. There aren’t a lot of bus shelters or sidewalks. Sometimes I see passengers hurling their bodies across busy streets. Sometimes buses look empty. I pay my $2 fare, and climb aboard. I count about 10 passengers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m headed to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forden</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Station, Wave’s main terminal located near Corning, and I meet <strong>Brian&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Creech</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and <strong>David Brewer</strong>.</span></p><p></p><p>Both are considered <strong>transit-dependent</strong> -- they rely on the bus to get everywhere. Both are on their way to Vocational Rehab orientation on Randall Parkway. They’re going to learn about job training and placement. David says he planned his trip an hour in advance. He doesn’t have a car, but says the bus isn’t so bad.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 37569 at http://whqr.org Wave Transit and the passenger: A modern chicken & egg story Wave Transit will get new maintenance facility http://whqr.org/post/wave-transit-will-get-new-maintenance-facility <p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 36870 at http://whqr.org Wave Transit will get new maintenance facility Board votes to remove Berger as NHC commissioner http://whqr.org/post/board-votes-remove-berger-nhc-commissioner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Berger is no longer a New Hanover County Commissioner. The board voted 3-to-2 to remove Berger during an </span>amotion<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hearing yesterday, with Berger and Commissioner Jonathan </span>Barfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dissenting.</span></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 06:16:22 +0000 Sara Wood 36755 at http://whqr.org Board votes to remove Berger as NHC commissioner Kickoff for the Cape Fear 2040 Transportation Plan http://whqr.org/post/kickoff-cape-fear-2040-transportation-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting Tuesday, residents of Southeast North Carolina will be able to give their input into the future of transportation. The <a href="http://www.transportation2040.org/">Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization</a>, or MPO, will launch a public survey to consider a regional transportation plan for the year 2040.</span></p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:03:05 +0000 Sara Wood 36706 at http://whqr.org Kickoff for the Cape Fear 2040 Transportation Plan Shifting the Tide, Part 3: Sgt. Stacy Blackburn-Hoelscher http://whqr.org/post/shifting-tide-part-3-sgt-stacy-blackburn-hoelscher <p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 35657 at http://whqr.org Shifting the Tide, Part 3: Sgt. Stacy Blackburn-Hoelscher Shifting the Tide, Part 2: Lisa Ramos http://whqr.org/post/shifting-tide-part-2-lisa-ramos <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For 13 years, Lisa&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ramos served in the Navy as a Religious Program Specialist. She served in a support role in Iraq, where front lines were invisible. While she wasn’t directly in combat, she experienced trauma from the line of fire. In part two of our series about women’s shifting roles in combat, </span>WHQR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sara Wood speaks with&nbsp;Ramos about the physical realities of lifting the combat ban.</span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 35255 at http://whqr.org Shifting the Tide, Part 2: Lisa Ramos Business Brief: Aging in Place Downtown http://whqr.org/post/business-brief-aging-place-downtown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people do not dream of moving into a nursing home. But it’s a reality for half of the population, and the costs can be enormous. In this edition of Business Brief, WHQR’s Sara Wood talks to Susan Silver, the director of Aging in Place Downtown. She’s in the process of gathering resources and momentum for the non-profit. It aims to help Wilmington’s elderly population age in place, in their homes. To begin, Silver is focusing on downtown.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:55:57 +0000 Sara Wood 35187 at http://whqr.org Business Brief: Aging in Place Downtown Shifting the Tide: Rosie Noel http://whqr.org/post/shifting-tide-rosie-noel <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><strong><em>*Shifting the Tide</em></strong> is an ongoing series that captures the voices of women in combat. For Part One, we hear the story of retired Gunnery Sergeant Rosie Noel.</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 34909 at http://whqr.org Shifting the Tide: Rosie Noel