Politics & Government
5:15 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Raleigh Revisits Downtown Light Rail Plan

City Council members in Raleigh are holding a public hearing today to get feedback about a light rail line proposal.

The recommendation from Raleigh's Passenger Rail Task Force takes light rail tracks down Morgan Street to the Capitol building. There, they split in two and run north along Wilmington Street and south on Salisbury Street. It's part of Triangle Transit Authority's plan to build commuter train and light rail tracks from Chapel Hill to Garner by 2025.

But Raleigh's $300 million proposal for downtown is slightly different than the options Triangle Transit gave to the city. Raleigh task force members say their route gives better access to downtown businesses and state government buildings. It would likely need more research and approval from TTA before plans move forward.