The Triangle Business Journal’s headline today is sure to have a lot of central-planning, light rail advocates rethinking their talking points: Study: Raleigh-Cary traffic relatively light
Apparently, traffic congestion in the Triangle decreased by 4 percent last year. That’s not good news for those who think that building light rail is going to somehow relieve congestion.
The Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area was the 58th most congested area in the country in the first half of 2009, according to a new study from Inrix.
And if you look at the numbers, the Triangle is 49th in population, but 58th in congestion. So by this accounting, traffic congestion in the Triangle is actually better than it should be given our population.
Ok, so tell me again why we need to raise taxes by $3 billion to build choo-choo trains?