Julia Lee: Get on board, Wake County

April 5, 2014 

The Feb. 26 news story “Rail transit planning begins” was great news. Moving forward with rail between Chapel Hill and Durham will kick-start the process of bringing our region up to par with other major urban areas in the U.S. Young people and businesses now see public transportation as a key factor in the choice of job location.

If we want the Triangle to be where they choose to live or create jobs, we must have good transit. Federal approval of the next step in light rail shows that the government recognizes our need for more than just buses.

Why are Wake County commissioners refusing to take action? If Wake wants the benefit of comprehensive public transit, the commissioners need to move forward. It takes local money to compete for federal funds, and we should let voters decide about a -1 or 2-cent sales tax to fund transit.

Durham and Orange are on board, but without Wake the system is incomplete. It’s time to get moving, Wake County!

Julia Lee


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