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Old 09-06-2006, 03:45 PM
 
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:03 PM
 
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Gee who saw this coming

Big waste O' money.
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:20 PM
 
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With the crime rate of Charlotte, you could not pay me to ride that light rail. It is a big waste of money that only poor people will ride. I wouldn't ride the Minneapolis bus system because people have been pulled off, beat up, and robbed by gang members multiple times among other similar problems. I would gladly pay $100 to fill my gas tank and sit in traffic for over an hour every day before I would ride most american city mass transit systems.
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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With the crime rate of Charlotte, you could not pay me to ride that light rail. It is a big waste of money that only poor people will ride. I wouldn't ride the Minneapolis bus system because people have been pulled off, beat up, and robbed by gang members multiple times among other similar problems. I would gladly pay $100 to fill my gas tank and sit in traffic for over an hour every day before I would ride most american city mass transit systems.

I disagree T.S. Look how much bus ridership is up since hurricane Katrina when the gas prices began to rise. Charlotte's city buses are pretty safe (as long as your aren't going to Eastland mall!) I believe average working people trying to get to their jobs will ride the light rail, just like they are doing on the buses. Have you ever even gotten on a CATS bus? They are clean and a lot of them are new.
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:46 PM
 
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I disagree T.S. Look how much bus ridership is up since hurricane Katrina when the gas prices began to rise. Charlotte's city buses are pretty safe (as long as your aren't going to Eastland mall!) I believe average working people trying to get to their jobs will ride the light rail, just like they are doing on the buses. Have you ever even gotten on a CATS bus? They are clean and a lot of them are new.
I have not yet rode on a CATS bus, but the ones I see do look rather new and clean. I noticed that they even have bike racks on the front.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:23 PM
 
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With the crime rate of Charlotte, you could not pay me to ride that light rail. It is a big waste of money that only poor people will ride. I wouldn't ride the Minneapolis bus system because people have been pulled off, beat up, and robbed by gang members multiple times among other similar problems. I would gladly pay $100 to fill my gas tank and sit in traffic for over an hour every day before I would ride most american city mass transit systems.
I use to have a similar opinion until I moved to a bigger city and public transit made more sense. I admit I don't use it often but my wife does to get to work otherwise she would spend a lot of time sitting in traffic plus hunting for parking. If Charlotte continues to grow public transit will need to be addressed but it also agreably needs to be safe. If you are not use to it, it might come off as something only those with a lower income level would ride. But if you talked to anyone in a larger city the social work ladder on public transit is represented from cleaning staff to doctors. in order to work it needs to have full support from the city to get it off the ground and on the right track otherwise, yes, it becomes a homeless sleep center or gang transit.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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shoulda used the money for another lane each way on I-77
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:10 PM
 
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But that would allow people to leave Mecklenburg County, Can't have that now.
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:01 PM
 
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Here is an alternative to the light rail in the queen city.

http://lloydcp.googlepages.com/
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Old 02-28-2007, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Baltimore...for now!
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We have a light rail system in Baltimore and it is great. All walks of life people use it. It is safe and very convenient. Great way to get into the city.
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