Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble now says county officials should bring in outside experts to review modern transit proposals that he personally has helped to prevent from proceeding. Coble has long been opposed to light rail, which is going to be an absolute necessity in the near future to move people around the growing Triangle.
Whats the source of his opposition? He has indicated in the past that he doesnt think theres enough density in the area to make what he thinks would be an expensive light-rail option popular. With a forecast for more growth, thats an ever-weakening position.
A few observers are more than a little suspicious of Cobles suddenly revived interest in transit and are wondering what hes up to. Whatever Cobles motivations, its good to see the longtime skeptic of mass transit finally open to listening to ideas. Its way past time to get moving and to quit talking about mass transit, and its appalling that Durham and Chapel Hill have moved ahead with transit plans while Coble has stifled planning in the county that should be leading the way.
Is he seriously waiting for the Triangles major streets to turn into parking lots before hell reckon that maybe its time for some transit alternatives?
If Wake waits and holds up regional progress, the construction of a light-rail system, for one example, will be much more expensive than it would be if started now.
Why should the county play catch-up when it could get ahead of the transportation curve for a change? This train needs to leave the station, and it can if Coble gets on board.