As Max has pointed out below the problems with the reporting on the trip of the Raleigh officials to worship Charlotte’s "Golden God", Raleigh officials can’t even get their stories straight on the reason to have transit. (N&O article here.)
Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley (R) – "A good transit plan will stimulate economic development," Gurley said
in an interview. "I don’t expect the transit plan to create a
significant reduction in traffic on the roads." (Emphasis mine).
Wake County Commissioner Betty Lou Ward (D) – "The bottom line is that as our population increases, the roads don’t get much wider, and we get stacked up in traffic."
So which is it, are trains for economic development or for congestion relief?
I’m sure there are better ways to achieve economic development than increasing taxes by $6 billion, and we already know that trains won’t do jack for congestion relief due to: 1. the lack of density in the Triangle. 2. The sheer fact that trains carry 20% of the riders of roads at 500% of the cost.
Let’s end this fantasy now.