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Op-Ed: Rail Becomes Reality With Biden’s Infrastructure Investments
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Op-Ed: Rail Becomes Reality With Biden’s Infrastructure Investments

Vice chair of the Raleigh, North Carolina, transit authority, Nathan Spencer, writes about the critical need to expand public transportation to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population. Thankfully, the Biden administration’s infrastructure law dedicated billions to creating a passenger rail that will better connect the region to other major cities.

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It’s no secret that the Triangle region is growing rapidly. But our current transportation and housing infrastructure is decades behind in being able to support such a population and future employment opportunities. To account for this rising growth and offset impacts – like increased housing costs, traffic, and air pollution – we need to dramatically expand our public transportation system.

As the vice chair of the Raleigh Transit Authority, I see how critical our existing public transit is for residents and the need to improve connectivity and reliability. After a bus driver shortage, we had to reduce the frequency from every 15 minutes to 30 minutes or 30 minutes to an hour. And despite this drastic change in convenience, our ridership numbers did not change. This shows people need this service—they have no other choice. So although the buses are free, I say our riders are paying a fare in lost time.

The above excerpt was originally published in Cardinal & Pine. Click here to view the full article.

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