Debate over Raleigh's rail continues

September 6, 2010 8:50:32 PM PDT
The City of Raleigh will soon make a decision that could silence what's become a heated debate over high speed rail in the capital city. Most of the opposition is coming from the Five Points neighborhood over the NC-3 plan. The plan would use the west side of Capital Boulevard for tracks along Norfolk Southern's existing lines.

There are signs all over the neighborhood saying no to NC-3. On Tuesday, residents are hoping their efforts will pay off.

"NC-3 affects the most people and it's more expensive," Raleigh resident Jessica Reiniger said.

Reiniger says she is hoping Raleigh council members will keep that in mind as they prepare to tell the state which high speed rail plan the city is onboard with.

"I just think the other options are going to be less damaging to the community," she said.

City staffers favor NC-3 over the other two options for a number of reasons, including that it would have the least amount of impact on the Glenwood south area. But NC-3 would cost about $45 million more and affect about twice as many homes and businesses.

It is all the reasons why Five Points residents oppose NC-3, because they say it will destroy their neighborhood and their property values.

"The train already deters probably people from purchasing here, but if there was another, what is four tracks I think, it would just be really hard to re-sell I think," Reiniger said.

Reiniger says she'll be closely following Tuesday's city council meeting and says if council members decide to vote for NC-3, it's a sure sign they aren't listening to what their constituents are saying.

"I definitely think that the people have spoke, definitely in the NC-3 area," Reiniger said. "People really are saying this is not the right choice, there are other choices."

Besides NC-3 and the other two plans, some people want the city to maybe consider choices outside of those three before making a decision.

The council will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss the plans.

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