For the proposed Triangle light rail system, consider this:
– $3 billion will serve (at most) 3 percent of the population on any given day.
– Less than 1 percent of congestion will be relieved. Some light rail traffic is lunch-goers and site-see-ers.
– If the most ambitious estimate – 25,000 per day – is true, you could buy every potential rider 4 Toyota Priuses.
– Or, you could buy each of those people a Prius and buy 2000 miles more roadway for them to drive on.
– Where are they planning light rail? Chapel Hill, Cary, North Raleigh and Duke — the wealthiest parts of the state. Is this so wealthy people don’t have to take buses?
– You’ll be subsidizing 90-95% of mostly wealthy people’s tickets.
– The average light rail line in America takes only 1/5 the riders of the average comparable highway mile. It costs 5 Xs as much.
Chew on those tidbits for a while.