Let us not hesitate to build a new transportation system that implements light rail, bus and bike lanes as an addition to Asheville’s current transportation system. The long-term effects of implementing this infrastructure now far outweigh any doubt, hesitation or fear of cost.
Long term, a light rail could bring residents from Marshall or Canton or Waynesville — even Swannanoa — directly to Asheville. Family members could travel to church without the hassle of using a car. This would also eliminate much of the driving under the influence that already happens; citizens could easily take a system of light rail and bus to their destination.
Additionally, by building this dream now, we can preserve our precious forests and fragile ecosystems — those same forests and ecosystems that we use in our livelihood, work, homes and everyday living. We are blessed to have such a well-preserved sylvan landscape.
Unfortunately, urban sprawl will happen, has happened and will continue to happen. Nobody really wants to see it happen; it just does. But we can easily make Western North Carolina resistant to urban sprawl: Build the light-rail and bus system now so we can save our culture and heritage, and dignify the city of Asheville.
— Jesse Moore