light rail

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    Rail transit is not the future

    Even transit experts who generally favor rail transit have been warning that the Triangle is too dispersed for rail transit (massively expensive, highly limited, inflexible fixed-route systems). In recent years, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft (inexpensive, up-to-the-minute, highly flexible, go-anywhere options) have brought about transportation options and choices not previously imagined.
    Jon Sanders, April 10, 2019
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    Media rage still can’t make light rail a viable transit option here

    The NYT is upset, but that doesn't change the reality that fixed-rail lines are a 19th century solution with a 19th century authoritarian approach to a 21st century problem. Should we build a super-expensive fixed line, when we could have flexible busing — oh, and Uber and Lyft?
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2019
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    Trump Budget Doles Out Cash To Orange/Durham Light Rail

    The folks at are very excited about the behemoth budget deal signed into law by President Trump. Why? Because despite talk that the president would cut funding to transit projects, the opposite occurred. That means federal funding for the Triangle’s proposed Durham/Orange light rail project.   The omnibus…
    Donna Martinez, April 5, 2018
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    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    From Steve Harrison comes this story and picture about…
    Donna Martinez, March 22, 2018
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    Federal Cash For Triangle Light Rail on Trump’s Chopping Block is reporting that President Trump’s proposed transportation budget would cut federal funding to transit projects, including the much-debated rail plan in the Triangle.   Hear Peter Rogoff—CEO of Seattle-area Sound Transit system—tells the Seattle Times “there seems to be something about delivering people in trains and buses…
    Donna Martinez, February 14, 2018
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    Transit Has a Big Problem. It’s Called the Car.

    Los Angeles is all in on public transit. But as Governing reports, we want our own vehicle. And when we have a vehicle, we drive it. We don’t take a bus or rail. The idea that transit has a cache that will attract people simply doesn’t hold water. In Los…
    Donna Martinez, February 13, 2018
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    People prefer cars. Responsible transit policy begins by acknowledging that.

    Even dense metro areas of Southern California can't sustain rail riders. Car ownership is going up, and it's going up disproportionately among immigrants and the poor, people considered most likely to take transit.
    Jon Sanders, February 1, 2018
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    How market forces are obsoleting central planners’ expensive light-rail dreams

    Rail transit is losing riders in big numbers nationwide. Technological changes and market forces — greater job dispersal, Uber and Lyft, low gas prices thanks to fracking, and soon, driverless cars — are making a foolhardy venture even worse.
    Jon Sanders, November 14, 2017