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Old 08-14-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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Portland light rail's mixed track record

Austin tries to decide about building light rail and this article looks at Portland experience with its light rail system
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Portland is a good model to follow as it has one of the best light rail systems in the country. What interesting is that Austin already has a heavy rail commuter line and I'm surprised they are not choosing to expand on that instead of light rail.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Light rail is good for any city that is roughly the same size as Portland. If Austin picks a line that hits key locations and attracts the needed ridership, it will make it much easier for them to expand in the future. It is surprising to hear Austin doesn't have a light rail line yet, even Norfolk has a light rail line.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:45 PM
 
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Doesn't Austin already have commuter rail? Though not suitable for short trips, it provides better reach, in this case 50 km, without need for costly overhead catenary.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Doesn't Austin already have commuter rail? Though not suitable for short trips, it provides better reach, in this case 50 km, without need for costly overhead catenary.
Yes, one of the few commuter rail systems in the south.
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