Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I can save the $400K right now...ain't gonna help

I have known about this study and idea for a while now. This is just a waste of time, in my opinion. A commuter rail system is not going to be used or be profitable in North Carolina. We are not New York City and don't need rail lines in the suburbs for people to get into the big city. I can save the cost of the study and say that common sense dictates that we should stop wasting the time and money. Here is the story from
Railroad Studying Commuter Line From Goldsboro to Greensboro

RALEIGH, N.C. — A study will be conducted to determine the cost and demand for rush hour commuter rail service between Goldsboro and Greensboro, the president of the North Carolina Railroad said.

"Morning and afternoon, commuter trains have potential for significant energy, safety and environmental benefits," railroad President Scott M. Saylor said. "But there are major questions that should be answered."

The railroad awarded a $400,000 contract to engineering firm HNTB to determine costs for the additional infrastructure needed to expand rail service, such as track and bridges. Officials said the study will look at adding four morning and evening trains and one in the afternoon; specific stops haven't been determined.

The railroad is a private company owned by the state of North Carolina that manages a 317-mile rail corridor between Charlotte and Morehead City.

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