A friend of mine, Robert "Bo" Glenn is a retired local attorney and very well informed community activist. Today, he wrote a letter to the editor in The Durham Herald-Sun newspaper suggesting that it is time for all of us to take seriously the need to move forward with mass transit. Yes, we have a pretty good bus system in Durham and The Triangle, but we don't have any light rail to move the masses between our cities and The Research Triangle Park.
Bo suggests traffic will only get worse, the expense to individuals of long commutes will only get higher and more and more citizens will not be able to be productive members of our community because they will not be able to afford personal transportation. In order to compete for jobs, he suggests, we need efficient public transportation. On top of the personal expense side of the equation, exclusive reliance on personal transportation eats away with our beautiful natural resources: forests and green-spaces.
Do we need mass transit in this area? Can we afford to pay for an efficient mass transit system in these tough economic times? I personally agree with the need, but wonder where the money will come from.