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Raleigh outlines concerns over high-speed rail

Posted August 12, 2008

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— Raleigh officials have sent a letter to the state Department of Transportation outlining their concerns over a proposed high-speed rail corridor that would pass through the city.

The DOT is studying possible environmental impacts from the high-speed rail line, and city officials noted the corridor would include numerous crossings through downtown Raleigh.

They sent comments to DOT engineers noting downtown land use, utilities and the displacement of existing businesses as well as the safety and aesthetic impact of different crossings. They also proposed alternative alignments for the rail line.

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  • x Aug 12, 2008

    High speed rail could be an alternative to other fuel intensive transportation modes like auto and jets. It works well in other parts of the world and even in the US when the rail infrastructure is adequate. The Raleigh "leaders" should try to put a postiive spin on any new modes of transportation that might improve our lives. I suppose the NIH attitude and the political spin calls for a negative response to such an idea???

  • davidgnews Aug 12, 2008

    There must not be as many political payoffs for this one, compared with the other 'light rail' project.

    whatelse - why don't you just give it a rest? We're going to pay one way or the other, no matter who's running the show.

  • rand321 Aug 12, 2008

    given the issues with trying to fly to DC or Atlanta (too bad its not being planned to go as far south as Atlanta), a high speed rail could be a real economic boom for RDU the towns with stops. even the smaller towns near the major hubs would stand to benefit.

  • Leonardo Aug 12, 2008

    whatelseisnew: "Ah this rail they are talking about is not a local rail. So since this will be of so much value to you, how much extra are you sending in to the Government to help pay for it?"

    Uh...just because it's not a local train doesn't mean it's worthless. It means you can get to Atlanta or D.C. or New York faster than by car, and without the hassle of dealing with airports.

    And geeze...how much money do you send to the government to build roads that you never use?

  • whatelseisnew Aug 12, 2008

    Ah this rail they are talking about is not a local rail. So since this will be of so much value to you, how much extra are you sending in to the Government to help pay for it?

  • SubwayScoundrel Aug 12, 2008

    Build it and I will take it too work everyday to RTP. BOught my house 10 years ago near a proposed stop and a proposed stop is just a short walk from my office. Build it and we will finally have transportation to Raleigh from the aiport to both or downtowns (yes, I know it will not go through the airport but close enough. No different than San Jose Cal Train or the way SF use to be or many other cities)

  • jsanders Aug 12, 2008

    I don't suppose those concerns would be along the lines of "Please, in the name of all that's holy, no more federal boondoggles" and "Gee, all that money would help out a heckuva lot in highway funding and ease congestion":
    http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=1915

  • atc2 Aug 12, 2008

    City Council will ruin this opportunity with their pathetic demands!