Where Rail Succeeds and Where It Doesn't

This article analyzes two different rail transit projects in neighboring jurisdictions with two different outcomes. In fall of 2007, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will open the LYNX Blue Line, a 15-station, 10-mile light-rail service. Other projects are also in consideration. By contrast, 140 miles to the northeast, in the Raleigh-Durham area, the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) is back to the drawing boards after its rail transit plans were rejected for federal matching funds. Both areas are compared for their similarities and differences. A major consideration is land use patterns favoring rail transit and ownership patterns of freight lines that might occupy the same rights-of-way and even, in some cases, travel over the same tracks. Zoning moves, financial packages and the concentrated political structure favored Charlotte. As did strong business backing. Raleigh-Durham had to serve a more diverse constituency, spread over a wider area and whose members were less likely to benefit from the project. Details about the history of both projects are given.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 16-20
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  • Accession Number: 01054583
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 2007 11:50AM