POEM: Pretty Little Train

“If I
had
a million
dollars….”

O.k.,
maybe not

a
million,

maybe not
even

one-hundred
million,

but
one billion dollars.

“That sure is
a

pretty little
thing,”

the woman
said

of
the new train

on
the new,

light-rail
passenger

line.
“Does it

do
anything?”

The
initial ridership-number

results,
just in,

for
the new

Lynx Blue Line
extension

to
North Charlotte,

North Carolina,
were

mixed.
Add to that

a

stock quote

from
the agency’s

chief
executive,

John Lewis,
about

“the community’s
acceptance”

and
“transit options”

and
“an alternative

to
traffic congestion,”

according to
The Charlotte Observer,

and
you have

the
results.

The

quote

sounds
real nice,

and
they say

Saturdays
were

a big hit,
but

the
question

remains:
“does it

actually
do

anything?”
Come on,

it
just

opened,
and

the trains
and

the new
station platforms

are
all

beautiful.
Smooth

ride,
just

beautiful.

Lynx Blue Line train at station
on original section of track,
photo from Yelp images

Coming in

 

at a price
tag

of just
over

one billion dollars,
however,

I
sure hope

it
“does something.”

 

—Nicholas Patti

Charlotte, NC, 4/26/2018,
posted May 4, 2018
 

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