by Sam Hieb
N&R front-pager promoting Amtrak. Bottom line is N.C. stands to see more passenger traffic because it has twice as many stops as other states along the Carolinian route.
Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins believes the area around the Galyon Depot is suitable for transit-oriented development:
The depot’s 2003 restoration configured the classic, Beaux Arts building into a so-called “multimodal” center that knits together rail, taxi and bus services that include municipal, regional and interstate carriers.
“Somebody did an awful lot of good, long-range planning when they set that up,” Perkins said about the depot. “Now is the time to take advantage of it.”
The city should put together a downtown redevelopment plan for the area around the depot, exploiting its utility as a transportation hub, Perkins said.
That role likely will only increase after work is completed during the next several years upgrading the track system through Greensboro for the high-speed rail project, expected to cut travel times sharply and make passenger rail an even better option.
“Hopefully, we’re going to have a stop on that high-speed rail line,” Perkins said. “I think that’s really going to give us an edge.”
Transit-oriented development — the tail wagging the dog approach to centrally planned communities.