A runaway train
Durham taxpayers owe sincere thanks to our General Assembly for saving them from the financial and planning folly of the currently proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project.
The more facts you knew, the more unsustainable this project became. Durham needs public transit and development. But it doesn’t need light rail for either.
Light rail was becoming a runaway train, with neighborhoods in revolt and Wake pulling the plug on light rail. Who would say this emperor had no clothes? Clues of severely compromised design, failure to serve high employment hubs or transit disadvantaged ones and the willingness to despoil neighborhoods were there for all to see.
If I was a local elected official, I’d see that the General Assembly saved my bacon.
Our legislators are willing to make hard decision that benefit us. Thank you for your courage to stand up to the Light Rail Transit project at any cost crowd.
Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or attend A Citizen’s Perspective on The Durham Orange Light Rail from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill.
Agree with GOP
Light rail is a great concept and workable in dense areas, but the only thing this plan was going to do was bring patients and workers to Duke and UNC Hospitals.
Why would I drive to Meadowmont to get on a train to Durham when I can drive to Durham twice as fast and get to where I actually want to go? I doubt most of the people who favor it would actually use it.
This is the one thing I agree with the Republicans on. Better to spend the money elsewhere.
Filling up fast
I have lived here to see I-40 go from being under construction, to filling up completely, with demand for additional lanes. More pavement is not the solution that humanity can live with, literally.
U.S. 15-501 has also gone from hardly used to a massive traffic jam during commuter hours. UNC Health Care is a large, growing industry. If you are thinking that there roads are going to be always free and clear for you, if you think that NC DOT is always going to have deep pockets to build massively wide highways and bridges, then you are either living in a fairyland, or you are new to town. If the latter, you are not alone in being new to town.
Sally S. K. McIntee
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