For those in the Triangle who are against Regional Rail as a way to ease congestion, here is the alternative:
North Carolina officials visit Austin for toll road advice
2/23/2006 11:36 AM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
Some North Carolina transportation officials are visiting Austin this week to take a long, hard look at Texas roads. They want to see how our turnpikes are paid for.
Officials from the North Carolina Turnpike Authority say Texas has taken a "visionary approach" to funding roadways by passing some of the cost to those who drive on them. They want to take the same approach in their state.
Yes, we are looking to Texas, where the only way that they could ease traffic was to charge tolls. If we do not provide realistic public transportation, this will be our future.
This is not to say that I am against tolls in general, but I am against tolls that are placed on roads that are used by locals on their commute, which is what happened in Texas and will happen here.