Transit has been a topic of discussion for so long that advocates of light rail and commuter trains in the Triangle had been on the verge of giving up – on light rail and on the possibility that Wake County residents would be given a chance to vote on a small transit tax, already approved in Orange and Durham counties.
But now light-rail advocates are taking heart with a study of rail lines and crossings in West Raleigh and eastern Cary, with an eye toward the day when there will be light-rail stations and accompanying development.
This study will cover traffic flow and railroad crossings. It’s all with an eye toward getting ready for more trains and trying to anticipate the traffic consequences.
Enthusiasm for light rail was evident on Election Day when voters ousted four Republican Wake County commissioners who had helped delay giving citizens a vote on transit options.
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Because there hasn’t been a vote on a transit tax, this safety study is an early step. But the election indicates that the voters, most of whom have experienced some form of gridlock in this area over the last few years, will favor it.
It’s good that the day is in sight when the Triangle communities in need of more transit options will be able to work together to make progress. It’s time.