Spending $4.6 Billion on Rail and Buses Means More, Not Less, Traffic Congestion

We must remember that Wake County and the Triangle region, like most other regions that experienced rapid growth following World War II, have a low population density and dispersed businesses. This makes the area ill-suited for rail transit that was effective in high-density cities of the late 19th century. Wake County’s population density ranks 30th lowest out of 34 cities with rail transit. Raleigh is not a late 19th-century “hub-and-spoke” city, where people travel along the spokes to the center city for work and back again. The region is a massive grid where people travel along grid lines to many different parts of the area, never even going near the center city.

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