News and Observer Op-Ed: Give a green light to Wake’s transit tax

I voted for the public transportation referendum and I’m pleased to share the reasons I support it. I hope you will join me.

My wife and I have been privileged to raise our family in Raleigh over the last 35 years. I have had the good fortune to build a business here during those years. We love the fact that Raleigh has become a dynamic southern city in a county that attracts many new residents and businesses from a variety of locations. Numbers back up what we’ve experienced: Wake County was recently named the second fastest-growing county in the United States. 

With all that exciting growth comes some challenges and opportunities. Providing modern mass transit for our region is at the top of that list. Transit is not just important for a handful of people. It affects businesses, residents, and visitors. In a thriving business climate, transit options are a priority for all employers and their associates. For continued growth, as we attract new businesses and serve the ones who are here, mass transit is critical. Quality of life for those of us who live here and those who visit will be impacted in positive ways with a well-functioning transit system, as well. Improved quality of life is one of the best drivers of a local economy.


Why do I support the plan that was adopted by the Transit Committee, a group of over 70 Wake County residents and stakeholders representing Wake County, GoTriangle, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, Research Triangle Foundation, NC State University and Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the 10 other municipalities within Wake County who worked on this plan for over a year?

The referendum will create the dedicated, local funding source needed to implement the approved Wake Transit plan, providing critical connections to the places where people need and want to be. 

Major job and activity centers including RDU Airport will be served by more frequent, reliable service that is useful to more people throughout our county.

All Wake County communities will be connected and accessible via transit with many enhancements that can begin almost immediately after the passage of the referendum.

Enhanced regional express bus service and commuter rail will provide freedom of choice and relieve traffic congestion across the Triangle. The quality of the transit experience will assure frequent use by many who do not use the current system.

Will you join me in voting yes for the public transportation referendum at the end of the Wake County ballot?

I hope you will, because it’s time for us to invest in our community’s future. Vote for the public transportation referendum, and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.

The News and Observer Op-Ed, written by John Kane on November 2nd.

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