Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The case for Durham-Orange #transit

It’s time to build world-class transit

Durham is at a historical crossroads. Our way of life, our prosperity, and that of our children is at stake. With our projected population boom, people and businesses will be plagued with long commutes, congestion and lack of transportation choices. Building more roads is not the answer. The regions that we are competing with for new industry and better jobs are already investing in transit. For Durham to compete, we need a transit system that will move people, goods and services quickly and dependably. 

As we sprawl, we are devouring farm land, forests and open space. We are polluting our air and water. We are harming our health and ruining what makes Durham a great place to live and raise a family. As we sprawl, infrastructure costs are draining our the financial resources for basic services, as well as for the arts and cultural amenities. We need a transit system which will encourage good land use.

Our family budgets are being squeezed by the costs of commuting. Many people cannot afford to commute by car. Many people cannot become productive members of our society because they lack basic transportation. We need a transit system that will move everyone efficiently and economically.

Our challenge is to build a transit system which makes us a world class place to live, work and raise a family. We cannot wait because it is only going to get worse and the costs will only go up. Transit — it works for all of us. 
 Robert Bo Glenn


Read more: The Herald-Sun - Letters Sept 1 

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