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by Katie Pearce
Alternate link for Houston-Dallas article: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11532566/dallas-houston-follow-different-paths-on-rail-development
Dallas’s rail has been a disaster, contrary to this terrible piece. Their obsession with serving the suburbs has strangled the city and left its trains empty most of the time. Houston’s suburbs have outpaced its own growth, but Houston has grown a lot as well, and the rail plan is effective, if ugly. Harris County government hates Houston actually looking out for itself and would love to waste the city’s taxpayer money on commuter rail in existing rights of way which would encourage even more sprawl. For once I agree with Barry Klein, but for the opposite reason: Houston has been lucky to be less successful with its rail program.
“Finally, DOTs are admitting what the data has been telling them for the past ten years: Traffic is not increasing. It's flattened out overall and decreasing per person. This will lead to more sensible investments in transportation.”
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