Great Rail Disasters

A new Reason Foundation report identifies 23 U.S. cities that have or are planning 'disastrous' rail transit systems.
February 18, 2004, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Reason Foundation's new report, 'Great Rail Disasters: The Impact of Rail Transit on Urban Livability,' profiles San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento and 18 other U.S. cities that have or are planning light-or heavy-rail transit systems. "Besides faulting the cost-effectiveness of the systems, the report says the environmental benefits of rail transit have been overblown... As cost-effective alternatives to rail projects, the Reason Foundation advocates bus rapid transit systems and special high-occupancy/toll freeway lanes." The full study examines rail transit in 23 cities across the country, and is produced by Reason Foundation and the Center for the American Dream. The source report is available online at

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Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 in The San Diego Union-Tribune
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