Update on The Phoenix Light Rail Fail: @valleymetro FY 2021 Report

Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“It has always seemed to me that light rail is a middle class boondoggle. White professionals kind of like the trains whereas they won’t ride busses. The few light rail routes tend to follow middle class / professional commuting routes. Light rail gets professionals from home to office (after which they use their car for other sorts of trips) but does little to provide mobility for the poor to the doctor, to the store, to support services, etc. Worse, because light rail costs 10x or more per passenger than busses, the advent of light rail generally starves a transit agency of funds and causes them to cut back on busses to save money (because once the rail is laid, you can’t really cut back on it).” (09/07/21)