Amazon, Raleigh and public transit, part II

Antiplanner’s post on public transit’s “disastrous year”—ridership is falling even in the country’s largest, most-densely-populated cities such as New York and Washington— has this interesting nugget:

Some people have convinced themselves that, if only their cities had rail transit, they would have been considered for Amazon’s second headquarters. If that’s true, then Amazon wouldn’t have picked Columbus, Indianapolis, or Raleigh to be on its list of twenty finalists, as these have three of the lowest-funded transit systems in the country.

Funny, but that’s not the way anti-car public-transit activists see it—quite the opposite in fact—their belief is a strong pubic transit system—all the bells and whistles don’t ya know–is what will draw Amazon. Someone’s barking up the wrong tree, and i probably don;t need to tell who I think it is…

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...