Local Democratic legislators filed a bill in the General Assembly to initiate a study for commuter rail service connecting the three primary cities within the Piedmont Triad.
A good question to ask is how that would work for individual commuters.
There would be a primary train station in each of these three cities. Few people would live or work near these train stations, so commuters would need another mode of transportation– car, bus, Uber, cab– on either end. That would make commutes extraordinarily lengthy. We have a metropolitan area that is not very dense; but instead it is sprawled out.
Another question is the amount of land that would need to be taken by eminent domain in order to build the rail line. Private property would be taken by government for a project that would not be terribly helpful to commuters because of the circumstances in the previous paragraph.
Let’s also think about the cost which is likely to be astronomical. It would probably be cheaper to purchase a car for every needy person who needs one instead of building this rail line.
Let them study all they want. It still won’t work. You need a critical mass of density and concentrated development around train stations in order to make rail viable as a commuter option.