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I disagree - the Houston light rail has been a huge waste of money
The Houston light rail suffered from low ridership, high cost and political cronyism. It also disrupts traffic flow and has lead to quite a few train-car accidents due to the confusion it's design created. Ridership was so bad that Metro discontinued many of the bus routes that used to transport people from the Park & Ride lots to their jobs in the Houston Medical Center. They are now forced to take the bus to downtown, walk several blocks to the train stop and take the train down to the medical center instead of just staying on the bus the entire distance. While the extra exercise might be good, it's no fun on a rainy day and adds about a half hour a day to a lot of people's commutes. The money would have been much better spent improving the traffic flow through more intelligent traffic signalling, better designed and improved traffic lanes, etc.
Edited by kmarchell@...
Updated - 13th Oct