Maybe. It’s been more two years since I first noted CvilleRail.org’s efforts to bring commuter rail to the Charlottesville area, and certainly they’ve been working on it longer than that. Today brings good news – we could possibly have such a service in two years.
To get some “historical” perspective, read the story from September of 2005 showing two points of view regarding rail –
1) It’s great!
2) Keep it out, because then the yankees will have even better access to the Charlottesville/Albemarle area
Sometimes I lament the naming of the advocacy organization – the name CvilleRail makes the “us versus them” arguments that much easier.
â€œWhat is the advantage to us, other than a ride?â€ he asked.
â€œCooperation is better than competitionâ€ when the localities are asking state officials to help improve rail service, Gleason said.
At the end of the meeting, participants agreed to keep the discussion going, and parted with a tacit acknowledgement that localities along the corridor needed to form coalitions with each other and within their communities so that each could become a stronger advocate for its interests.
Now – if we could see some progress on transit within the CharlAlbemarle area:
Even if you managed to take most of the cville local residents off the road and put them in a bus- how much road space does that really free up when you’ve got people still needing to commute in to town? Once I’m here in town with my car- why am I going to take a bus? I’m not.