All residents of Raleigh and the Triangle should realize that rushing to a solution because there is Federal stimulus money available is not a good idea (just see the Wade Av resurfacing project- the road has been cut 4 time already after the new asphalt has been put on!!!). Especially because we are talking about 100 + years of investment in the rail infrastructure. Regarding High Speed Rail the City and NC DOT should really sit down with a map of the state of NC, look at the existing Amtrak passenger lines, NS lines, CSX lines, look at the existing and projected ridership, figure out how NOT TO COMPETE with Amtrak (which continues losing money) but to join forces and come up at a solution that is beneficial to the whole Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham Ch Hill, Apex, etc etc.). This might be option NC 4 or NC 5 (HS Rail to RDU?) or whatever the logic and common sense will dictate.
This also should be done from the start with the communities that will be affected by whatever plan will be adopted.
Proceeding this way a final alternative might be NO BUILT as Mitch Silver , Director from the City of Raleigh Planning Dept. pointed out several times before.
How about have a HS rail run to RDU - RTP, use it as a transportation hub (already has the infrastructure of the highway/interstate, parking areas, etc.) and then have a light rail/hybrid buses, etc. to downtown Raleigh, downtown Durham, Chapel Hill and later on maybe even to Apex, Wake Forrest, etc. We should all be one Triangle and share such an expensive and long term investment as HS Rail.
I favor an alternative No 4, i.e. not run the High Speed Trains through downtown Raleigh at all, but rather build the HS rail along the Amtrak route. I think the previous commenter did not realize that either of the routes through downtown (NC1-2, NC3) or along the Amtrak rails WILL REQUIRE building completely new tracks along the existing ones and will need to expand the right-of-way. Unfortunately, the historic neighborhood of Glenwood-Brooklyn, Five Points, and others will be very adversely affected by the NCDOT alternatives NC1,2,3. It is also very unfortunate that the Task Force and the City Council did not really pay attention to residents but seem to cater mainly to the businesses of the Glenwood South which will benefit from the downtown Station. So, we have a situation that the Glenwood South businesses within 1000 ft of the station will benefit from the downtown High Speed Train but the residents of the Historic neighborhoods and small businesses which are more than 1000 ft away from the station but close to the HS tracks will lose. Well, figure it out!
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