Insanity. When you hear that a new, improved and faster rail line will be costing you, the tax payer, $461 Million hard earned dollars- you have to think that the improvement will be shockingly great. Not so much.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WBTV) – North Carolina transportation officials say they’ve reached an agreement that will allow them to obtain $461 million in federal grants to improve train service.
The agreement will allow faster and more frequent passenger service between Charlotte and Raleigh. State transportation secretary Gene Conti says the agency will seek bids for contracts for tracks, bridges and trains.
Officials say the new service would cut travel time from Charlotte to Raleigh to less than three hours, even with seven stops along the way. However, the ride will only be 13 minutes faster.
I think I have to agree with many of the residents in North Carolina…it sounds like another colossal waste of money. Apparently, state Republicans agree:
GOP Rep. Ric Killian suggested North Carolina should decline to take the federal money unless the state can prove operating the new train operation won’t take too much money from needed road construction.
“I frankly am very concerned for our taxpayers and I think somebody needs to step up and say wait a minute,” Killian told WBTV