Why I am Still a Light Rail Advocate
There has been a great deal of discussion about supporting Light Rail (LR) over Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or other forms of transit.
First let's clarify that CART, nor I, have ever seen LR as a stand alone system. There will always be buses and trolleys and other transit forms needed to make a comprehensive system. However, The advantages of LR as the core mode of a metropolitan transit system are significant and directly address the energy and climate concerns of this century as does no other system currently in operation.
Energy: Buses on Rubber wheels can never compete with the energy efficiency of steel on steel wheels powered by electricity. Neither can buses escape the traffic jams that plague our urban core and major traffic corridors – the most appropriate places to install LR. To ignore the energy advantages and the source flexibility of electricty isto ignore the most important lessons of our time – fossil fuels resources are limited and dangerous!
This is a guest post by CART attorney Clarence Hixon.
Hillview City Center, October 12, 2012
I attended the Hillview meeting on behalf of CART. During the meeting KIPDA staffer Mary Lou Hauber presented a plan for an Interim Transportation Improvement Program (Interim TIP) which she called an "update."
This new "Interim" TIP would have a promulgation track with a new conformity analysis in January and public comment period in March. This would be a TIP covering a four year period for projects using federal funds from 2013 to 2017.
Ms. Hauber seemed to stammer around avoiding an explicit discussion of why KIPDA has to prepare an "Interim TIP" but stated it was being done as "a precaution" in case anything should happen and the present TIP should be rejected.