Moneyball, four years later

A good news/bad news story brought to you by the Raleigh News & Observer.

Good news, paragraphs one and two.

The Triangle Transit Authority on Friday dropped its bid for federal approval to build a 28-mile, $810 million commuter train line through Durham, Research Triangle Park and Raleigh, sidetracking an 11-year push to build a mass transit system for the region.

TTA said it would not press its quest for federal money to pay 60 percent of the tab because it could not allay concerns in Washington that project costs were too high and train riders would be too few to meet federal standards.

Bad news, paragraph eight.

TTA leaders were not ready Friday to give up on their basic plan for a rail transit line with 12 stops in Durham, RTP, Cary and Raleigh -- or on the possibility of a future quest for federal help.

Check back here in ten years. The Door predicts that the TTA still won't be ready "to give up on their basic plan".