Leading from the Left

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wanna Take a Midnight Train to Georgia?

This evening I dropped  by an open house sponsored by a committee of Orange County residents who are trying to secure a train station in Hillsborough.  They've done a great job developing the criteria for selecting a site and making the case for a local station.  I'm on board!

It's a shame Orange County isn't connected to the nation's passenger rail network.  I have friends, for example, who are taking the train to Washington for the inaugural festivities and they have to catch the train in Durham or Raleigh.  If we're serious about creating alternatives to the automobile, then we're going to have to do what it takes to get this station sited and built.

And if we're serious about regional commuter rail, then this might very well be the first step in that direction.  I for one would love to be able to take a train to Raleigh for work, or to Charlotte for a meeting, or to Asheville for the weekend.