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City Council backs route for Raleigh commuter rail

Posted August 2, 2011

— The City Council has rejected a route for a proposed commuter rail line through Raleigh picked by a special panel that studied the issue.

Instead, the council voted Monday to endorse a route along Morgan and Harrington streets west of downtown. Members said it would be less expensive and less intrusive than the route recommended last month by the 11-member Passenger Rail Task Force.

The task force said its favored route, which sent northbound traffic along Wilmington Street and southbound traffic along Salisbury Street, would best serve downtown and state government workers.

Outside of downtown the trains would follow the CSX rail corridor to north Raleigh and the North Carolina Railroad corridor to Cary and Durham. A transit hub, Union Station, has been proposed on West Martin Street.

A $40 million transportation bond issue on the Oct. 11 ballot for voter approval includes $3 million for the Union Station proposal.

The projected cost for the 18-mile commuter rail system, including the route backed by the City Council, is $1.43 billion.

In other business, the council on Tuesday awarded three contracts to build sections of the Neuse River Greenway. The contracts total about $13.8 million and would pay for engineering services and construction of greenway trails from Horseshoe Farm Park, off U.S. Highway 401 and Ligon Mill Road, to Skycrest Drive and from Poole Road to Auburn-Knightdale Road.

The council also reached an agreement with the state Department of Transportation on improved pedestrian crossings on Capital Boulevard at Brentwood Road, Buffaloe and New Hope Church roads, Calvary Drive, Millbrook Road and Spring Forest Road.


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  • Pseudonym Aug 5, 2011

    Quote from chrismullinaxcm: "actually, only you don't want it. the rest of Raleigh are willing to pay the taxes for cheaper and better transportation."

    I'd be careful calling somebody else "ignorant" when you yourself make broad assumptions about what "everybody else" in the city of Raleigh wants. There are about 400,000 people in Raleigh. Are you saying that 399,999 people want it and only DontLikeTheSocialistObam doesn't?

  • Footflash Aug 5, 2011

    Roger that eoms! Is it even oriented North-South!? I'm pretty familliar with Raleigh, and I can't make out anything.

  • eoms Aug 3, 2011

    That's the worst map I have ever seen.

  • JohnFLob Aug 3, 2011

    chrismullinaxcm August 3, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Why is opposition to socialism and/or POTUS Obama's policies ignorant? Neither has a history of creating or sustaining a robust economy or improving the general well being of society.

    Ad hominon attacks against other commentors does not enhance the validity or your comments.

  • JohnFLob Aug 3, 2011

    I wish the Raleigh mayor would be meeker and not persist with this white elephant. The current status of the local, state, and national economies should logically, and realistically contraindicate pursuit of this project. It will not solve and existing traffic problems. There is a high potential for proving that government's "cures are worse than the disease'.

  • dmccall Aug 3, 2011

    Dontlikethesocialist - The TTA and other transit groups say they have polled area residents and show that there is much interest in rail in the Triangle. Of course, the wording of those polls and the depth of understanding by the resident are in question. The Federal Government's denial of funds regarded a diesel heavy rail plan that extended from Durham to Triangle Town Center via Cary and Raleigh. This proposal is for a light rail system that goes from Cary to TTCenter. Light rail requires much less infrastructure for stations, and this is a different Washington administration. So this is a different plan in a different time.

    My biggest beef with this plan is that it does not serve the airport, the RBC Center, Memorial Auditorium, any shopping malls, or the convention center. I don't see how they expect taxpayers to embrace spending $1.5 billion on a system that doesn't include any of these currently popular destinations. In other words I wouldn't lose too much sleep on these plans.

  • Obama 2012 Aug 3, 2011

    the message I just posted is in response to "DontLikeTheSocialistObama"'s post, and by judging from the GOLO name, a very ignorant one too.

  • Obama 2012 Aug 3, 2011

    actually, only you don't want it. the rest of Raleigh are willing to pay the taxes for cheaper and better transportation. By the tone of your messages on here, I somehow doubt you've ever worked an honest day in your life, only someone who hasn't would be dumb enough to see this as a waste.

  • dmccall Aug 3, 2011

    The recommended route is the one shown in red. The yellow route is the ill-fated D6a route. More on this at http://www.gogoraleigh.com . What still baffles me is why planners are scared to death to propose something that crosses Dawson and McDowell at grade. If cars on that "state highway" have to stop for an extra light cycle every 20 minutes then why is that such a big deal?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 2, 2011

    Why is Meeker and the City Council continuing to push Meeker's Choo Choo when the taxpayers have overwhelmingly said they don't want it.

    Even the Federal Government said it wasn't viable for the triangle.

    Meeker is trying to build one last monument to himself on his way out.