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Re: “First look: A (maybe) light-rail bridge over Boylan Avenue

The need for these flyovers seems to be full of engineer assumptions - speeds, types of train cars, length of cars, etc... I get that it's cheaper, but Raleigh doesn't need cheap transit we need effective transit that will attract choice riders.

We do that by putting it on the ground, where it encourages economic development and is approachable, walkable, and accessible. We can create an attractive, elevated plaza over what is now the undeveloped abyss south of the Glenwood/Morgan intersection and north of the Wye. This, I believe, would allow light rail to connect to Union Station at a street level.

...Or we can build giant bridges across the entire west half of downtown that will discourage economic development, walk-up/bike-up/local choice ridership and be an eyesore to residents because it's cheap. No thanks.

I also agree with those who believe it should head north from Union Station on Wilmington and Salisbury streets. It's nearest our state government complex where we employ >10,000 workers who could use this to commute to work.

Lastly, it's frustrating that TTA did not do a photo illustration of the Morgan St. connection. I wonder why? If all options are equal, all are on the table and TTA is deferring to Raleigh on the final choice then why not make that option as visible of the other two? It doesn't add up.

I'm looking forward to attending the workshop on March 30th at the McKimmon Center so I can learn more. I hope there's a great turnout so that our voices of support for the overall project and frustrations with the flyover can be heard.

Posted by seekthesummit on 03/24/2011 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The most important property in Raleigh

Putting five story apartment buildings in a place where both the south and east sides would look out onto the prison seems like a bad idea. FMW should take a field trip to the Bloomsbury Estates to look at their prison view condos for sale. They have plenty.

Bob's right, this area is a perfect place for street-level, walkable, transit-friendly, mixed-use development.

Posted by seekthesummit on 06/03/2010 at 9:15 AM

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