Belmont Rail Trail forging ahead

Jul 9, 2012 Read more: The Gaston Gazette 17

The Belmont Rail Trail won't cover up the existing P&N Rail Line that runs alongside Wilkinson Boulevard from Belmont Abbey College through downtown Belmont.

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MARTHA

United States

#1 Jul 9, 2012
I told you so. Nana nana boo boo. In your faces!

Since: Jan 12

Belmont, NC

#2 Jul 10, 2012
I believe that the "MARTHA" you are referring to above, is Martha Stowe.

I don't follow Belmont City politics all that closely, but she is one of the Council Members who is consistently in favor of parks programs.

I don't know much about her otherwise, but I like that she does that.

Good job Belmont City Council!

Who else helped push this through?
hernnow

Belmont, NC

#3 Jul 10, 2012
It's actually a larger venture than city council. They are all for it...I can't think of anyone who is against it. It's not taking local tax money and it's part of the larger Carolina Thread Trail network. I'm glad council ( and really city planners like Adrian) are pushing our portion forward. It's a positive thing.
Agreeable

Belmont, NC

#4 Jul 10, 2012
That speculation about using the rail for a commuter train or trolley is pretty unlikely to me. Now way does Belmont/Mt. Holly/Gastonia have the demand to support anything like that. Maybe if it went all the way to Charlotte, but in that case wouldn't this be the wrong rail line?
Only Logical

Concord, NC

#7 Jul 10, 2012
Agreeable wrote:
That speculation about using the rail for a commuter train or trolley is pretty unlikely to me. Now way does Belmont/Mt. Holly/Gastonia have the demand to support anything like that. Maybe if it went all the way to Charlotte, but in that case wouldn't this be the wrong rail line?
If wanted to go to Charlotte, the main lines in town would be the best route. Amtrack runs this line anyway and with one stop added in Belmont we could have direct service to Charlotte. Good Lord, they stop in Spencer and you hop out of the train onto the tracks, no station. That's your best option and no need to spend millions reworking old tracks! Plus parking for commuters is right behind the depot.
Spr

Shelby, NC

#8 Jul 10, 2012
Grand Dreams. The whole freaking world is bankrupt because of politicians spending money they don't have on pie in the sky crap like this. I'm just waiting to hear that the council is going to borrow the money and start construction on a stairway to heaven. Idiots trying to be something they're not while spending money that would be better spent on police and schools.
Travel Agent

Belmont, NC

#9 Jul 11, 2012
THATS A FACT JACK wrote:
<quoted text>Also your right,Belmont//Mt.Holly/at this time does not have the demand or support------but several are looking at the long range demand to reduce traffic on I-85....Like getting the rail open thru N.Belmont to Mt.Holly....they said it would never happon.....well how wrong were they? This rail is used each day $5 million dollars later it is running,after being closed for 35years.The state needs to waste monies on projects,and they will open this to commuter traffic some day......a sure way to spend tax monies.......useful or not!!!!! I'll never see it open.....but you can bet your ass that it will happon,AND THAT A FACT JACK!!!!!!!!!!
Here's a fact - commuter rails do not reduce traffic.... ever drive in a major city that has rail? Roads are still jammed. A very small percentage of Gaston County commuters to Charlotte work where this line would stop. The rail is costly and limited. We need improved road systems- not expensive novelties.
Agreeable

Belmont, NC

#10 Jul 11, 2012
Travel Agent wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's a fact - commuter rails do not reduce traffic.... ever drive in a major city that has rail? Roads are still jammed. A very small percentage of Gaston County commuters to Charlotte work where this line would stop. The rail is costly and limited. We need improved road systems- not expensive novelties.
Pretty sure nobody here said rail reduces traffic or even that it's a good idea. Don't worry, that boondoggle is in the distant future. As to improving road systems - it happens, NC spends a ludicrous amount on it. Another interesting fact:$89 million to overhaul one interchange built in the '60s (I40/I77).
anti malcum

Gastonia, NC

#11 Jul 11, 2012
Malcolm III wrote:
I believe that the "MARTHA" you are referring to above, is Martha Stowe.
I don't follow Belmont City politics all that closely, but she is one of the Council Members who is consistently in favor of parks programs.
I don't know much about her otherwise, but I like that she does that.
Good job Belmont City Council!
Who else helped push this through?
that's interesting because you have an opinion on every other subject matter including
belmont, city hall, and city council slackers, i mean city council members. if you dont follow belmont city polidicks than how would you know that martha is consistently in favor of parks. maybe "spectator sport" from charlotte pegged you Brian". and your one big troll. phoney
Malcolm III

New York, NY

#12 Jul 15, 2012
anti malcum wrote:
<quoted text>that's interesting because you have an opinion on every other subject matter including
belmont, city hall, and city council slackers, i mean city council members. if you dont follow belmont city polidicks than how would you know that martha is consistently in favor of parks. maybe "spectator sport" from charlotte pegged you Brian". and your one big troll. phoney
Either you can't be botthered to vote in city elections, or you don't bother to read what the candidates say about themselves and their priorities. Martha Stowe consistently states that she wants more parks, walking trails, etc.
you do the math

Gastonia, NC

#13 Jul 15, 2012
Malcolm III wrote:
<quoted text>
Either you can't be botthered to vote in city elections, or you don't bother to read what the candidates say about themselves and their priorities. Martha Stowe consistently states that she wants more parks, walking trails, etc.
and you are one of the 12 regulars at every city meeting. Inny, minnie, miney, moe?
AH HA MOMENT SAID OPRAH

Gastonia, NC

#14 Jul 17, 2012
you do the math wrote:
<quoted text>and you are one of the 12 regulars at every city meeting. Inny, minnie, miney, moe?
Yep, and he's on the payroll! For shame!
Bogus Screen Name

Huntersville, NC

#15 Jul 18, 2012
Please don't have the train go through Mount Holly. We are afraid of a derailment.
Belmont Voter

Gastonia, NC

#16 Jul 18, 2012
Malcolm III wrote:
<quoted text>
Either you can't be botthered to vote in city elections, or you don't bother to read what the candidates say about themselves and their priorities. Martha Stowe consistently states that she wants more parks, walking trails, etc.
Of course she does. She teaches in South Point High School. Students & their parents are her targeted demographics. That's why she wins.

Since: Jan 12

Belmont, NC

#17 Jul 18, 2012
Belmont Voter wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course she does. She teaches in South Point High School. Students & their parents are her targeted demographics. That's why she wins.
And you don't have to attend City Council meetings or even be on the Payroll to know this basic information about our city.
Bubba Fetz

Belmont, NC

#18 Jul 18, 2012
Malcolm is a Stowe. Trips to NY. Good education. Smart. Not working class. Entitled and opinionated. STOWE.
JFK

United States

#19 Jul 18, 2012
Bubba Fetz wrote:
Malcolm is a Stowe. Trips to NY. Good education. Smart. Not working class. Entitled and opinionated. STOWE.
Nope too happy to be a Stowe. Who is the black dude in P&Z? Malcolm is in the middle..as in working for the City. Too much info for your average Joe. Adrian? Barry? ALEC? or a peon? Too smart to be Caldwell, yet in the center of City drama. Parks? Dobie? Spytech? RODNEY? Vince? Sam? Or a NOBODY??? the truth will be told soon.
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