Raleigh developers complete study on rapid transit system plan
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RALEIGH -- In North Hills there is no shortage of stores, cars and people on a daily basis.
"The restaurants more than the shopping. Typically my family and I will come out for dinner," said Raleigh resident John Blackshear.
But getting around can can also be very stop and go which is part of the reason for the
proposed personal rapid transit system which could transform the area.
"We've got to do things to get people out of their automobiles. It's very efficient. It goes about 25 miles and hour. Its electric so it's all green," said Kane Realty Corporation CEO John Kane.
Kane first introduced the idea of the transit system last year. Recently he completed a feasibility study which found the area was a good place for personal rapid transit. Store owners we spoke with seem to agree.
"It's a live, shop, work play atmosphere. Any means of transportation to get new customers here I'm all for it,"said Hayley's Boutique owner Hayley Cushman.
While some shoppers are skeptical about the need for it.
"We don't have major bus lines or subways or anything like that so that's not even in our sort of thinking," said Blackshear.
With an estimated price tag of $30 million, funding is a big issue for the future of the project.
"We've talked to the city, we've talked to TTA, we've talked to DOT ... there's a lot of stakeholders and a lot of people going to have to really contribute and buy into this in order for it to become reality," said Kane.
There is no specific timetable for when the project could be completed but it is moving along now that the study has been completed.