Raleigh is going to have to do something about public transportation to make getting around possible with the growth that we have and expecting in the future. That means having routes that comes out into the suburbs like Knightdale, Garner, Cary, Wake Forest. That means providing incentives for people to use public transportation for commuting, like a preloaded benefit on a SmarTrip card like DC. That means the routes not taking for-ev-er to get around (shorter routes? more buses?). That includes more express routes. That includes bus-only lanes.
As a transplant from DC, Raleigh really needs to step up its game. People will take public transportation if it's worth it to. People take public transportation in DC (and not just the "poor black" people, but nearly everyone) because it's convenient. I'd rather sit on a metro or a bus for 25 minutes than to sit in traffic for 30. I'd rather pay bus fare than parking meter. I'd rather not have to worry about parking. But public transportation is just too inconvenient for me. There's one bus that comes out to where I live, it's just an express bus too, so it doesn't really connect to other routes, so I'd have take the express to the transfer station and back-track to get to where I need to go.
Traffic is only going to get worse, and we need a revitalized public transportation system that works for its residents.
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