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Some forms of public transportation are often what I call the "shame train" ... it's all about efficiency, right?

The Santa Clara County VTA rail was audited some time ago. It was calculated out that for the same price, you could rent EACH PASSENGER ... a limosuine to take them to where they wanted to go. Every day. Since it's been created a decade ago.

For what? IMO it's a mindless showpiece project.

- Keman

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captpackrat
Apr. 1st, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
Most light rail designers are on crack. They have to be.

The "Sprinter" project in north San Diego county is going to place a station right on one of the busiest roads in the area, the main link between the freeway and downtown Vista. This sounds like a good thing, but what do trains do as they approach or leave a station? They move veeeeeeeerrrrrrryyyyyyy ssssssllllllloooooooowwwwwwwww. That means traffic will be blocked for several minutes every 15 minutes or so. Great idea! And almost nobody is going to use that station, because it's a mile to the nearest shopping center, and 2 or 3 miles to City Hall, so it's not going to do anything to reduce traffic on that road.

When they put in the Blue Line in Los Angeles/Long Beach, I was thinking it would have been much cheaper and easier to build an elevated monorail system. The tracks and the towers could all be pre-fab, which would just leave building the elevated stations. This would have been a lot easier than shutting down much of downtown Long Beach and ripping out the streets to lay tracks right down the center of the road. (Not to mention the fact that a sleek, streamlined monorail would look a lot nicer than the blue metal box on wheels they ended up using.)
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