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State to Study Rail Line for Global TransPark

Posted March 21, 2008

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation will spend $800,000 to study the possibility of a rail link to the Global TransPark near Kinston.

The state has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the industrial park.

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  • Just Ice Mar 21, 2008

    According to the Office of the State Auditor, the Global TransPark was on the verge of bankruptcy earlier this year. While most industrial parks would benefit from a rail line, building one at the NC GTP makes no sense at all. That's what I meant. I just didn't know I'd have to explain it.

  • ghimmy47 Mar 21, 2008

    Might an industrial park need a rail line? DUH! Save the $800,000 for something useful. Study???

  • Just Ice Mar 21, 2008

    WRAL reported today at 3:37 p.m., "The North Carolina Department of Transportation will spend $800,000 to study the possibility". They need $800,000 to study the possibility? Why so much? What purpose would a rail line serve? Sounds like another bridge to nowhere to me.

    Didn't the state auditor just release a report that showed over the past three years the DOT has wasted more than $150 million of taxpayer money?

    It's time for a change at the DOT and it's time for a closer look at who is really benefiting from the Global TransPark and who has a vested interest there. Where are the investigative journalists when you need one? Come on guys, there's a story here. Let's get busy. It's an election year.

  • Phrostbite Mar 21, 2008

    First, this is sloppy reporting by WRAL. I mean a 2 line inflammatory story!

    Second, as a product of Eastern NC, I have to say the Global Transpark was & is a great idea. The problem is the location. The only major highway access is Highway 70 (the 55 mile per hour portion that goes through about 10 towns between Kinston & Raleigh)

    We need to stop spending money on that GTP, even though RTP took 10 years to get off the ground, it was placed in a great location with interestate access & good universities nearby.

  • drnc Mar 21, 2008

    As a resident of the GTP Zone, let me say that this study, and remember this is spending just for the study, is the most colossal waste of tax money I have ever read about.

  • sickofstupidpeople Mar 21, 2008

    Plenty of money has been wasted, yes. But it would work if the right persons were managing it. Too bad it hasn't worked out yet, that poor town needs something to get it going.

  • Spaceman Spiff Mar 21, 2008

    You have got to be kidding me. This is the stupidest idea ever.

    Can we just pull the plug on the GTP once and for all?

  • krisandbruiser Mar 21, 2008

    Oh boy, here we go, more wasted money on the Global TransPORK.