Regional rail rises from dead
“I think we have a consensus for a 2020 plan, and a consensus that we need to find the money to make it work”
A three-county citizens advisory group agreed Monday to push for an ambitious transit expansion that would increase local and regional bus service and spend $2 billion to launch trains across the Triangle by ... via Planning
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#5 Feb 15, 2008
"Citizen Panel wants trains for $2 billion, more buses." (See Bruce Siceloff's February 5, 2008 N&O article).
SOMETHING FOR MASS TRANSPORTATION PLANNERS TO THINK ABOUT:
I lived and suffered hundreds of traffic jams in Raleigh for years. I now live in Switzerland (has about the same land-mass as North Carolina but with big mountains). Traffic Jams are for people that are forced to DRIVE where they want to go!
1. The Swiss can get almost anywhere via Rail or Bus (and sometimes by boat). Many Swiss don't buy a car because gas is too expensive (Swiss Gas costs about four (4) times that of Raleigh Gas cost.
2. By car I live up to 70 minutes (and sometimes more) from the airport depending on traffic conditions (sound familiar - like driving to the RTP to work?).
3. Using "Mass Transportation", the airport is 30 minutes away AND the train goes UNDER the airport (this is INSIDE the airport). For your information: The airport was first, so tunnels were dug under the airport.
4. The Mass Transportation described above is true in most European countries!!
THE LAST RTP Rail plan I heard about, for example: "Mass Transportation Planners" got you to Morrisville by Rail (miles from the airport).
SO, IF you don't speak up, you will get what you get, it will fail because of the lack of operating income and will be forced to stop running - BUT, GUESS WHO WILL PAY FOR ALL THIS? THE TAX PAYERS of course!!!
MASS TRANSPORTATION IS NEEDED - SO MAKE SURE THE PLANNING COMMISSION GETS IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!(They might come to Switzerland and see REAL Mass Transportation in action.)
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