|Are Light Rail Systems Successful?|
Frequently we hear anti-rail critics say light rail is a failure everywhere it is built. This is an easy statement to make and is usually offered without any cold hard figures to back it up. Next time you hear someone make that statement ask them for their figures to prove it, because the complete opposite is the real truth. We give you figures to support our statement:
*Note: St. Louis expanded twice since original estimates were made
The same type of results has been observed in almost all of the other cities across North America where light rail systems have been built in the past 25 years.
After being faced with these figures some anti-rail critics have tried to salvage what's left of their criticism by saying only current bus riders will use the new light rail systems. Once again the figures will not support their claims:
o In SALT LAKE CITY 45% of light rail riders were new
We will soon see if light rail in Charlotte does not bring
similar results to this area.