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Does Light Rail Work?

Is light rail better than busses, or just more expensive? The Los Angeles Times investigates.
June 2, 2003, 6am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Light rail's mixed record has some experts and academics asking if the lines are worth such enormous investments. Innovative or expanded use of buses can provide a cheaper alternative, they say, especially in sprawling suburban areas... Transit advocates say it's premature to judge light rail's performance because most California systems are in their infancies and have yet to benefit from being part of a broad rail network. High-density housing and commercial centers are being built near trolley lines, which could boost ridership. Advocates also say mounting traffic congestion and an aging population will increase demand."

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Published on Sunday, June 1, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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