One year ago this month, a group of elected officials, business leaders and metropolitan planners from the Triangle headed West. The group went to San Diego, California, to see how a thriving metropolis responded to growth pressures on transportation. The Triangle leaders returned with ideas and a determination to come together on a comprehensive plan for the future. But one year down the road, area officials face the same obstacles they did then—a shortage of funds and an inability to mount the political pressure needed to get them. Rusty Jacobs reports.