Taxes, taxes are the revenue that will and could build us, Asheville, a major transportation system. This transportation system, getting right to the point, could provide citizens with a reliable means to an end. Citizens who want to work should be afforded the right to travel to and from work aboard a public-transportation system. An efficient, state-of-the-art transportation system will allow us citizens to work and live in a greater amount of peace. Our private vehicles can then be saved for mere personal use.
Of course, we cannot expect a modern public-transportation system to extemporaneously appear out of the void; we must build this public-transportation system. The issue might be debated: What is the best way to build modern, efficient public transit in Asheville? Yet, one way to build such a project is to have it built with tax dollars. An investment in transportation would soon pay the cost of its own construction, plus generate the city annual revenue. This could be a long-term investment that could keep Asheville unique, green and a close community.
With the influx of tourists and new residents, we need to take the steps now to build an efficient mass public transit that incorporates Asheville and its outskirts. Building this transit will reduce the amount of motorists on the road, which will help us keep pollution to a minimum. A mass transit system might also retard the construction of new roads and the widening of highways, thus preserving our natural landscape. Finally, mass transit will strengthen the already tight sense of community that exists here in Asheville.
— Jesse Moore