Raup indicated the Lehigh Valley would be a perfect place to get started on a quest to reverse those trends, starting with his idea for a regional rail transit agency, financed by a small local tax measure (the 2 cents per Happy Meal approach). The agency could then push for state action, as happened in California. “It would be much easier with an agency in place,” he said.
I’m not so sure how easy it would be. There are politicians who get hysterical any time taxes are mentioned, but before too long, the need for investment in a better transportation system will be obvious.
~ Paul Carpenter, Passenger trains… from The Morning Call.