Rail Transit Soon To Launch………

….in Charlotte! Yeah this is a downtown RALEIGH blog but after seeing the tracks out there in the queen city and the videos below, I feel I need to give a shout out. The trains are currently being tested and will see commuters riding next month. I hope that this train line in Charlotte is successful and that the triangle can implement such a project to improve our worsening traffic. I’m a big fan of an efficient transit system that is convenient and widely supported; something this area lacks so much. This is probably the number one thing that frustrates me about the area. Anyway, watch the video and read up on Light Rail Transit. Do you think Raleigh is ready for a system like this?

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  1. No; Raleigh will not support something like this, our city structure (and the surrounding cities) is too spread out and people won’t want to change ‘vehicles’ many times which will be necessary for transit between all these locations. I don’t think a rail is the answer, I believe that Raleigh needs to be the model for a new form of transportation. Its a tall order, but I think we need to come up with something that will set Raleigh apart and allow Raleigh to become the progressive city that it wants to be.

  2. I agree with you Colin. Raleigh lacks density and we probably won’t see a rail line until we have that density. Until then, I would like to see better bus routes with dedicated lanes in some areas. What is the point if you get on the bus and it too has to deal with the traffic.

    Downtown needs to get its trolley service up and running but I expect that to happen when the convention center goes up.

  3. The lack of a comparable city model will present problems for Raleigh. No city in the South has an efficient public transportation model that we can use as a guideline because of the suburban sprawl. Maybe instead of focusing on one form of transportation, like rail or bus, Raleigh needs to look at some hybrid mixture that is flexible enough to adapt to Raleigh’s growth.
    In that respect, Raleigh can set precedent for the new Southern city model for transportation to which Colin refers.

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