Comment 70548

By JasonAAllen (registered) - website | Posted October 13, 2011 at 15:31:54

Sarah, you and Undustrial both raise great points - will the presence of LRT help to 'raise the tide' as it were, or will it just involve a reshuffling of rich and poor, as Undustrial suggests.

This debate also begs the question - isn't that a lot of weight to put on what is essentially a people moving system? I know much of the discussion around LRT has been on the development and intensification benefit - but in the process we seem to be losing sight of the fact that LRT is an incredibly environmentally friendly, low fossil-fuel, cost effective way of moving a large number of people.

In an age when the main thing we need to build, ship, and run our personal vehicles is becoming increasingly scarce, isn't the idea of efficient, comfortable mass transit just as important as it was back in the original days of HSR when fewer people had cars for an entirely different reason?

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