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Panel recommends Raleigh commuter rail route

Posted July 6, 2011

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— A panel appointed by the City Council on Tuesday recommended a route for a proposed commuter rail line through Raleigh.

The 11-member Passenger Rail Task Force chose a route that they say would best serve downtown workers, especially state government workers. The task force also recommended using light rail transit railcars that are electrically powered by overhead wires.

The recommended route would follow the existing North Carolina Railroad corridor from Durham through Cary into Raleigh but would then split off at West Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh. It would skirt the north side of a planned Union Station at 510 W. Martin St. It would continue east to Wilmington Street before turning north and connecting with an existing CSX rail corridor.

Going the other direction, the recommended route would split from the CSX corridor north of downtown to follow Salisbury Street south before turning west onto Hillsborough Street. It would then turn south on Harrington Street and skirt the north end of the planned Union Station before picking up the N.C. Railroad corridor and head west.

The route would have two light rail tracks – one eastbound and one westbound – on West Morgan Street from near Hillsborough Street to Harrington Street. The railcars in both directions would operate in conjunction with vehicular traffic.

Union Station would serve as a hub for the system, as well as other  local and regional transit service, such as passenger trains and downtown bus service. A $40 million transportation bond issue that will be on the Oct. 11 ballot for voter approval includes $3 million for the Union Station proposal.


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  • ahblid Jul 7, 2011

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama wrote: "Seeing that people aren't riding the buses, what makes you think people will ride Meeker's train."

    There was an average of 18,000 people each weekday on those buses in 2010 who will be very surprised to learn that they weren't really on those buses.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 7, 2011

    The people of Raleigh will have to fund this boondoggle forever just like the failed convention center.

    Neither will ever break even without taxpayer subsidies.

    Seeing that people aren't riding the buses, what makes you think people will ride Meeker's train.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 7, 2011

    This isn't surprising.

    The panel created by the city council that Meeker controls recommends light rail. I would be more surprised if it didn't.

    Unfortunately for Meeker who's looking to create his legacy before leaving the city council, the people of Raleigh don't want this boondoggle.

    He should put it up to a vote by the people instead of saying his personally appointed panel recommends it.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 7, 2011

    Without a route to the airport, this boondoggle will be a failure.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 6, 2011

    Oh good. If it's a bond vote they want it's a bond vote they'll get. Just like the schools when they come crying for more next year, you ain't gettin' it baby because we outta money. Something these monkey meats don't seem to understand.

  • ranquick Jul 6, 2011

    This is a total waste of money!!!!!

  • Dat MoFo Jul 6, 2011

    "Ill be voting no for that bond. This is just not going to work in Raleigh. Why not spend that money they would be wasting on commuter rails, and put some people back to work.

    How about if they just don't spend it at all.

  • charlespeacock Jul 6, 2011

    And again, no stop at the airport (unless I missed something). Every major city in the world has light rail to their airport! This is useless and a complete and ridiculous waste of money.

  • unblankenbelievable Jul 6, 2011

    Panel recommends Raleigh commuter rail route

    Well, then they can pay for it!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 6, 2011

    "less the voters are brain dead..."

    oh they are, look who they allowed to stumble into office as our Governor!