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Old 01-25-2016, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Old, Derailed Commuter Train Plans Back on Track - Rhino Times

Looks like P.A.R.T. board members are beginning to push for light rail in the Triad again. The first leg would be a 33 miles link between NC A&T State University in Greensboro to Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem. The rail would connect points of interest (downtown Greensboro, the Greensboro Coliseum, PTI Airport, downtown Winston-Salem, Hanes Mall ect.) Right now its just more talks.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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I can't imagine the Triad has anywhere near the population density to make light rail feasible.

Though to me "feasible" means the fares pay for the construction and operation of the entire system, which I don't know if any mass transit system in the country manages to do. Yeah, just thought I'd stir the pot.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:31 PM
 
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I think this area is too carcentric. Look at how people b***h about having to park and walk around downtown.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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I think talks are great. Its always good to prepare for the future but light rail today? not likely. In about 20 to 25 years? yeah. The Triangle doesn't even have a system in place yet and they are going to get it before the Triad.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:27 PM
 
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People scoffed about Charlotte having light rail. Likewise, for Durham and Norfolk.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Southport
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People scoffed about Charlotte having light rail. Likewise, for Durham and Norfolk.
Durham has light rail?
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Old 01-26-2016, 06:52 PM
 
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I think talks are great. Its always good to prepare for the future but light rail today? not likely. In about 20 to 25 years? yeah. The Triangle doesn't even have a system in place yet and they are going to get it before the Triad.
Couple of decades? I could see it then.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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It's hard for light rail talks to gain a lot of traction when gas is $1.85 a gallon and self-driving cars seem to be on the horizon. Those low gas prices won't last, but it's hard to create a sense of urgency when people aren't feeling any pinch at the pump.

I, personally, would love to see a light rail system get built, especially since I currently make the commute between the two cities every workday. Being able to ride a train would be excellent. But I'm afraid I'm not holding my breath just yet.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:41 PM
 
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Another pipe dream in the Triad. There isn't even much traffic there so why is there a need for light rail? Furthermore, how do they intend to pay for it when the municipality budgets are already stretched thin?


Get real people.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Southport
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Another pipe dream in the Triad. There isn't even much traffic there so why is there a need for light rail? Furthermore, how do they intend to pay for it when the municipality budgets are already stretched thin? Get real people.
If it happens, and obviously its a big if, current "municipality" (sic) budgets are a moot point. The local government's portion of the project (which will be a minority portion) will not come from existing revenue streams, but will instead come from an additional sales tax, car registration fee, etc. (see Charlotte for example).

Get real yourself.
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