Pat McCrory says light rail isn't for everyone.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate told Dome in a recent interview that the Lynx Blue Line in Charlotte has been a success, but he doesn't think every part of the state needs — or wants — its own rail-based transit.
"It's not suited for all parts of our state or even all parts of the city," he said. He would not say whether the Triangle, Greensboro or other North Carolina cities need it, saying that is a local decision.
In some areas, he said that light rail can help promote economic development, give citizens an alternative to congested roads and help the environment.
He defended the Charlotte system against conservative critics by noting that a recent referendum on the sales tax that partially funds it was approved by more than 70 percent of voters.
He also said he didn't decide to back rail by "putting my finger up in the air."
"I did it because of leadership," he said.