While the Durham long-range transportation plan means well and is in some respects superior in analysis, it fails to achieve congestion reduction by first, diverting funds from projected highway revenues (fund flexing) to transit projects, and second, by hugely overspending on the transit side of the ledger. This might be justified if the transit projects were able to provide real regional benefits. But none are quantified, and the projects' (even if believed) increase in transit use, from 2 to 3 percent of regional travel, comes at a huge cost in delayed or deleted highway congestion reduction projects, and of course delays to local commuters. It is inappropriate to spend 50 percent of the funds available on 2 percent of the regional commuting.
See entire Durham Traffic Report (in PDF format)