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View Poll Results: Which city has the best light rail system?
San Diego, California 20 8.89%
San Francisco, California 41 18.22%
Baltimore, Maryland 16 7.11%
Boston, Massachusetts 51 22.67%
Austin, Texas 2 0.89%
Denver, Colorado 24 10.67%
Dallas, Texas 29 12.89%
Houston, Texas 13 5.78%
Buffalo, New York 3 1.33%
Portland, Oregon 51 22.67%
St. Louis, Missouri 20 8.89%
Salt Lake City, Utah 10 4.44%
New Orleans, Louisiana 3 1.33%
Los Angeles, California 24 10.67%
Minneapolis, Minnesota 15 6.67%
Sacramento, California 8 3.56%
Other 16 7.11%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 225. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-29-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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SACRAMENTO Light Rail

38 miles of track, opened in 1987, ONE OF THE FIRST AFTER San Diego and Portland

3 major lines, northeast, east, south, all connecting downtown

Expansions complete in 1-2 yrs: to the south, to the north

Ridership: 51,000 daily boardings

NOTE: In South Sacramento, there is a SEIMANS plant that manufactures LIGHT RAIL CARS; many of San Diego's and St.Louis's cars were made in SacTown.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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Salt Lake City is totally underrated. A lot of people ride it, there's 4 lines that spread across the area, a good bus network that connects to the trunks, and it's generally very ingrained into the culture of the metro area.

Ridership is expected to be at 58,000 per day by the end of the year (putting it at 9th in the country) - this is for a city of under 200,000 and metro area of under 1 million. Very impressive.

Now, don't get me wrong, it is a sprawling metro with a relatively pedestrian-friendly but small downtown, and generally bad land use patterns - but a ton of credit has to be given to the local government for investing in a good light rail system. It really works and serves as a convenient and popular alternative to driving.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Denver
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It's hard not to choose Boston given the sheer number of people it has to accomodate for. Yes it's slow, and yes it's old...but it carries roughly 50% more than the #2 system in the country (San Francisco) and its LR coverage is very extensive. That's gotta count for something.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:04 PM
 
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Boston
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:50 PM
 
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Boston has the higest ridership by far, so Boston. plus it intergrates well with the Heavy rail and Commuter rail.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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I think Portland easily wins this one. The only ones I've been on are Houston, Denver, and Minneapolis. Those ones are pretty decent imo. SLC looks pretty good but I haven't been on it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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The Metrolink is so lame. They tried expanding it into West County and St. Charles County but the voters denied it pretty resoundingly. It's pretty much a poor people mover until it expands and becomes a real commuter rail system.
get your facts straight. st. charles county rejected it (they are a bunch of hoosiers), but it was never up for a vote in west st. louis county and had it been it would have passed easily. there are expansion plans underway which include new lines in the city and the suburbs. funding is not yet secured.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:32 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Denver's is the best!
Albuquerque is soon to get a lightrail around mid 2009
ummm..... we're still waiting on that. Probably not going to happen in this decade.

Denver's is good, Portland's is better.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Paris
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get your facts straight. st. charles county rejected it (they are a bunch of hoosiers), but it was never up for a vote in west st. louis county and had it been it would have passed easily. there are expansion plans underway which include new lines in the city and the suburbs. funding is not yet secured.
+1, West County is fighting to try and get a line... hopefully the N/S line is next though.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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Salt Lake City is totally underrated. A lot of people ride it, there's 4 lines that spread across the area, a good bus network that connects to the trunks, and it's generally very ingrained into the culture of the metro area.

Ridership is expected to be at 58,000 per day by the end of the year (putting it at 9th in the country) - this is for a city of under 200,000 and metro area of under 1 million. Very impressive.

Now, don't get me wrong, it is a sprawling metro with a relatively pedestrian-friendly but small downtown, and generally bad land use patterns - but a ton of credit has to be given to the local government for investing in a good light rail system. It really works and serves as a convenient and popular alternative to driving.
Agreed, there's too little talk of Trax in favor of more "popular" bigger cities with lesser systems. It's arguably among the top systems in the country regardless of population counts given ridership and service area. Utah Transit Authority
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