Light Rail

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Have U.S. Light Rail Systems Been Worth the Investment?

Despite modest success, most systems have neither increased mass transit commute share nor the vitality of city centers.

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Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?

In a city where nine in ten drive to work, the answer could reshape the future.

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The Woman Leading Salt Lake City's Transportation Revolution

Robin Hutcheson is part of a new class of female DOT heads stressing alternatives to cars.

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The Numbers Behind America's Mass Transit Resurgence

2013 saw 10.7 billion passenger trips, the highest in almost 60 years.

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Definitive Evidence That L.A.'s New Light Rail Line Reduces Driving

A carefully controlled study of the Expo line shows that vehicles miles dropped 40 percent.

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San Antonio Can't Decide If It's Building Streetcars or Light Rail

The city is locked in a bewildering debate, with transit funding at stake.

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4 Hard Truths About Transit

Lessons that bear repeating to residents of large cities around the world.

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How Utah Turned Its Unpopular Public Transit System Into a Hit

The state doubled its light rail line in just 7 years, with the broad support of users and non-users alike.

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The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work

Turns out quality matters less than government support.

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Living Near Good Transit May Make You Happier

A great subway or light rail line can actually lift your mood.

Charlotte Fights Its Anti-Transit Foes ... With Infographics

The "Truth About Transit" campaign offers an easy visual way to dispel popular myths.

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Do We Really Need 'Sexy' Mass Transit Vehicles?

All else being equal, riders prefer good service to any particular mode.

Before L.A. Became a Car Town, Commuters Actually Rode Mass Transit

It's true – this 1960s video of L.A.'s "Red Car" rail system proves it!

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6 Ideas for L.A.'s Next Great Transit Project

Rapid-bus routes, an elevated highway, and a combined transit-road tunnel are among the finalists.

The 'Confusing and Nonsensical Grandeur' of Dublin Transport

Aris Venetikidis has mapped out a better mass transit system. He's still waiting for the city to embrace it.

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A Tug-of-War Between Bus and Rail in a Brazilian World Cup City

New court ruling may help Cuiabá make up its mind about Cup-related transit plans.

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Can Light Rail Carry a City's Transit System?

It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.

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Does Light Rail Really Alleviate Highway Congestion?

At the very least, it seems to slow the rise of highway traffic, according to a new report.

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How Public Perception of Light Rail Influences Its Economic Benefits

Negative stereotypes of light rail — in particular its unsubstantiated ability to generate crime — may have hurt property values along a new line in south Jersey, according to a new study.