Shortly after I moved to Charlotte, it was decided that a half-cent would be added to the local sales tax to finance an ambitious plan to build several corridors of public transit. One would be built to the South, towards Pineville. One to the North, towards Davidson. Another to the Northeast, towards University City and UNCC. One to the West, towards the airport. And a final leg to the East/Southeast, towards Matthews.
This ambitious plan, for just a half-cent of each additional purchase, and perhaps a billion dollars total? Sounds enticing, yes? Where can we sign? As generally expected, the plan passed fairly easily. The problem is that, as with most plans, it didn't work out quite so easily.