I agree with the comment that the line should be a direct line between Wilmington and Raleigh, with small feeder lines from Fayetteville and Goldsboro. A direct route between Wilmington and Raleigh could open up some excellent business and employment opportunities to our otherwise job-depressed area...allowing commuters to earn the generally higher paying salaries of the Triangle area, and still live and play in Wilmington. I doubt it would be drastic, but it could provide Wilmington with a small economic boost in spending power, while also opening up more possibilities for local tourism from surrounding areas.
Yes, you can drive to Raleigh for $20 or so...but for anyone who has to make that trip frequently, it is a long, boring, and otherwise dull trip to make. At least with rail service, you could catch up on work, or otherwise accomplish tasks during the time you would otherwise be driving. For frequent travelers, you'd likely save money on wear/tear on your vehicle, tires, gas, etc. in the long run that would make light rail an attractive option.
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