When state legislators defunded light rail, a city stepped up

North Carolina legislators don’t exactly have a track record of supporting projects related to clean tech, mass transit or sustainable development. In fact, from banning planners from using future sea level rise projections to battling with tech giants over the future of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS), it would be fair to say that there has been a decidedly anti-environment bent to our local politics of late.

So it was not exactly a surprise when legislators voted to limit state funding to light rail projects earlier this year, putting a much anticipated Durham-to-Orange-County light rail transit (DOLRT) project in significant jeopardy.

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