WRAL’s reporting: Wow, look at Charlotte’s new half-billion dollar phallus. That’s 21st Century stuff, there. The Raleigh delegation loved it, too, and we want one here, since Charlotte has one. We want to be a world class city!
>>No reporting on how much this cost the citizens of Charlotte, the taxpayers of N.C., or the rest of the country (because, you know, Charlotte got federal funding, which the triangle won’t get).
>>No reporting on how much MORE this would cost the Triangle.
>>No reporting on the impracticability of linking separate clusters of activity.
>>No reporting on the difficult issues of Triangle density.
>>No reporting on any skeptics or dissenters to the project in Charlotte.
>>No reporting on any skepticism or dissent in Raleigh.
>>No reporting on the fact that Charlotteans would pay more than $30 per round trip if they had to pay full costs and didn’t impose those costs on other non-riders around the state.
>>No reporting on the fact that this will cause more congestion and has no environmental benefit whatsover.
>>No reporting on the fact that this is a subsidy for the wealthy.
>>No reporting on the fact that this carries 5 time fewer people than the average freeway lane, but costs 5 times as much.
>>No reporting on the fact that there are unfinished projects around the state that are unfinished so that Charlotte could get this.
>>No reporting on the fact that this is a fetish and only a fetish.
>>No reporting on the fact that the "bus" that was 20 mins later to their destination would have arrived on time had they not built light rail in the middle of the busway.
>>No reporting on the fact that busways and increased buses are – at least – ten times less expensive, more flexible, and just as comfortable. (They’re just not urbane enough for Charlotteans who demand gilded trolleys.)
Now, Triangle denizens have phallus envy. And WRAL is feeding it. Bad journalism.