Public transit

Public transit systems in North Carolina have become less about helping citizens move around their communities in the way they desire and more about planners gaining enough political power to impose their transportation preferences and land use fads on those citizens. And it's not just in North Carolina. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood recently admitted that his Livability Initiative is "a way to coerce people out of their cars."

"We always saw transit [Charlotte's light rail system] as a means, not an end," Charlotte-Mecklenburg planning director Debra Campbell told Governing magazine. She later added, "The real impetus for transit was how it could help us grow in a way that was smart. This really isn't even about building a transit system. It's about place making. It's about building a community."

Those terms — smart, place making, and building a community — are all euphemisms for anti-car, anti-suburb, pro-public transit, pro-high density living in the center city. In the words of urbanologist Joel Kotkin, planning bureaucrats at all levels are implementing "cramming" policies that will produce a "forced march to the cities."

When the vast majority of Americans want a home with a yard, transit planners must use government regulation to force them into high-density housing and use of mass transit.

Key Facts


  1. End state funding of rail transit projects.
  2. Repeal the local-option sales tax authorization for rail transit projects.

Analyst: Dr. Michael Sanera
Director of Research and Local Government Studies
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