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Guest opinion: Heavy rail not the solution for regional transit needs

Original post made on Jul 21, 2007

Usually, I disagree with Henry Riggs. And usually I agree with the editorial positions of the Almanac. This time, it's the other way around. (Editorial and guest editorial, July 4, 2007)

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Posted by Curious
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on Jul 21, 2007 at 6:42 am


Heavy rail "least appropriate for people moving"? Please elaborate, providing citations or examples, as appropriate. Also, please define precisely what you mean by heavy rail? Which of these are heavy rail (why or why not?):

BART
DC Metro
LA Red Line
LA Blue Line
NYC subway
LIRR
Metro North
Chicago Metro
Chicago El
Atlanta's MARTA
Paris RER and/or Metro
San Diego "Trolley"
London Tube

How about places, like in Karlsruhe, Germany, where LRVs share tracks with faster, long distance heavy rail trains for part of their route?

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Is that heavy rail or light rail? Thanks in advance for clearing all this up, and for filling us in on the bit about how heavy rail is least appropriate for moving people (would this include all the heavily-used trains in Japan too ... how about the Shinkansens or the French TGVs?)


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