HB 1005: All Aboard! | John W. Pope Civitas Institute

HB 1005: All Aboard! | John W. Pope Civitas Institute:

“North Carolina lawmakers during the 2009 legislative session have set the state up to write blank checks. Those checks would cover the costs to build commuter choo choo services in areas such as the Charlotte metro and Raleigh-Durham, where the fight to build light-rail services has been on-going for years. According to House Bill 1005, “An Act to Allow the Department of Transportation to Participate in Funding Fixed Rail Projects That Do Not Include Federal Funds,” the state has now put it in writing that they are going to get funding for this mode of transportation one way or another.

What is evident is that North Carolinians do not prefer to travel by train. Being cognizant of that information doesn’t seem to matter to some legislators who prefer to continue to side-step that fact. Changes to the bill were endorsed by Reps. Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) and Nelson Cole (D-Rockingham). Only two areas in North Carolina are truly vocal about their desire to add light-rail services: Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. Of course with the state opening its checkbook, other areas will probably now get interested.”

In other words, while light-rail may be one of the deepest desires in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, in order to meet those desires, taxes for everyone will just continue to increase faster than the speeding locomotive.

Stringing and Strowing says:

Aaaawwwwwllll AaaaBoard…whether you like it or not, AAaawwLLLL Aboard for this AaaWWWFul Bill!!!!

Did you know that In 1848 the North Carolina legislature authorized a railroad that would connect the eastern part of the state with the piedmont. Between 1849 and 1856 private individuals invested $5 million to build the railroad. The State held 75% of the common stock and private investors held 25%. The North Carolina Railroad Company operated the line until 1871. NC Train pictured above.

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