News and Observer Letter to the Editor: Transit plan will attract millennials

I moved to the Triangle from London. What brought me here were the wonderful people, jobs and low cost of living. Wake County checks all the boxes for a great place to live except one – public transportation. 

Raleigh is cheaper than Boston, New York or D.C., but I don’t need to own a car in those cities. I’ve still got student loans, health insurance, rent and bills to pay. Adding car payments, insurance, gas and maintenance is a huge blow. Transportation is the average American’s second largest household expense, with cars costing around $9,000 per year to own and operate.


This election, Wake County gets to vote on a public transportation referendum tax referendum to fund an awesome 10-year public transportation plan. The plan includes a 37-mile commuter rail system from Garner to Durham (with stops in Raleigh, NCSU, Cary and Morrisville), a tripling of our bus system and the first bus rapid transit system in the state. It will cost less than a dime a day and well worth it. If we want to continue to grow and attract millennials and knowledge workers, we need to get moving on public transportation.

This letter appeared in The News & Observer on October 22nd, authored by David Powe of Raleigh. Read more here