Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Urban Planning
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 05-26-2012, 05:53 PM
2,546 posts, read 2,464,327 times
Reputation: 1350


I am clearly a fan of rail systems (and bus systems) in metro areas, and see each as serving a distinct purpose to optimize transit for the whole population.

I do not understand, however, the fanaticism of some groups for specific public transit modes.

BayRailAlliance's Caltrain Metro East, for example, would require new right-of-way but, largely, be a redundant system. Caltrain already serves SJ Mineta via the Santa Clara station and an airport-centric bus line. The BART extensions would connect the east Bay area with downtown SJ, Diridon station, the Santa Clara Caltrain station, and the SJ airport.

So why propose such a competing system?

LightRailNow is absolutely anti-bus, repeatedly and at length deriding proposed BRT lines, even when the area is currently underserved and without the political will for a rail system. If it's BRT or nothing, I'd take BRT. LightRailNow's staff doesn't seem to share this view.

Do you have any examples of these all-or-nothing views? Why do they arise? How do you combat them?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Urban Planning

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top