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Getting more people there faster

Here is a response I wrote to an Albuquerque resident who is against urban surface rail transportation. He does suggest monorails, however. 

Hi -----,

Though you have a point about businesses suffering during the construction of laying rail track and other preparation for a light rail line, streetcar or bus rapid transit with a narrow curb creating a dedicated lane. However, typical road reconstruction creates the same problems.

In the end, light rail, street car or bus rapid transit will bring far more people along a roadway than a lane of car traffic of equal length. One or two people in one average-sized sedan vs. a rail car with 10 to 15 people, I'm guessing, is quite a difference. With a truly separate lane, that public transit can get people to their destination faster and without the problems of congested rush hour traffic.

Nancy

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 21st, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Your comment "In the end, light rail, street car or bus rapid transit will bring far more people along a roadway than a lane of car traffic of equal length" is only guaranteed to be true under idealized conditions, which do not exist. Actual experience is not so clear cut; sometimes adding transit lanes lowers overall capacity.
lost_tumbleweed
Feb. 21st, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Anonymous, Please declare yourself.
Are you an expert in the field of transportation? Urban planning? Have you read anything by conservatives Paul Weyrich and William Lind?

Your writing and thought is reminiscent of my eldest sibling.

You have a point, however, I believe such thinking is holding the US back. We need to move forward, before we reach a crisis stage. Which includes greater traffic congestion and/or depleted oil sources.
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