Category Archives: Regional Light Rail

Regional Rail Service Not For Wake County

From WRAL:


“What we found were the (bus) ridership numbers are fairly low,” Clarence Marsella, former general manager and chief executive officer of the Denver Regional Transportation District, told county leaders at a meeting Tuesday.

Adding rail typically increases ridership 30 percent, he said, so 30 percent of an already low number doesn’t justify the high cost of rail.

The experts also said that congestion in Wake County and surrounding areas is not as bad as other places in the country and that the area already has a well-functioning road system.

So, what we have here, is further proof that there was never any good reason to green light a billion dollar light rail program in Wake County.  Especially one like what was proposed that didn’t go anywhere useful.

From the same article:

“If we don’t come up with a plan, you might as well look at Atlanta because we’ll have similar congestion as they have,” Raleigh City Planning Director Mitch Silver said.

Yes, we need a plan.  But how about we conjure up a plan that actually has a chance of working instead of one that just flushes taxpayer dollars down a hole.  Our resources are better utilized at this point making sure the roads are adequate.

Before you spend a massive amount of money on public transit, you need to answer two questions:  Where is it going and who is going to ride it?  The answer in the case of rail in the triangle appears to be nowhere and almost nobody.

How Many Times Do You Have To Tell Some People…

Light rail rears its ugly head again… and it’s being shot down by planning experts??


Raleigh, N.C. — An urban transportation expert on Friday advised Triangle officials to rethink the push to create a regional transit system, saying it wouldn’t work in Raleigh.

Triangle Transit wants to combine 14 miles of light rail, 17 miles of commuter rail and a beefed-up bus service to handle Wake County’s growing traffic congestion.

“The commuter rail plan and the light rail plan just don’t make sense to me,” said John Pucher, a professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Pucher has more than 40 years of experience in transportation planning. He supports alternative modes of transportation, but he said planners often underestimate cost and overestimate ridership projections.

“It’s just so difficult in this very decentralized, very sprawled metropolitan area,” he said.

Of course, this has been going on for years.  It’s the government monstrosity that won’t die.  I have been complaining about it in this space since 2005.  But hey, at least they haven’t been able to abscond with the money in that time!  That’s an accomplishment in a state where they stole the highway fund and instituted toll roads…