|Claims of Light Rail Opponents|
Whenever rail transit is proposed, opponents pop up claiming everything under the sun about light rail. Seattle is no different, where opponents have long opposed light rail for a number of reasons. Read on about the claims and counterclaims regarding Link Light Rail.
Why didn't they study other modes?
Critics of Sound Move's Link Light Rail project complain that no other alternatives were looked at when planning our regional transit system. For large projects such as these, preliminary high level studies are always undertaken to allow decision makers to select a preferred alternative to continue the detailed design and engineering studies on.
In an article in the Seattle P-I in November, 2000, Chuck Collins proposed an alternative to Sound Transit's multi-million dollar light rail system through Seattle. And judging from media coverage including editorials and other pieces, his solution has appeal. However, Chuck Collins' plan is simply unworkable.
PMT Analysis of Bus Tunnel Report
In 2001, County Councilmember Maggi Fimia commissioned a bus tunnel report to show that buses could carry as many people as light rail. Guess what? The report concluded exactly that.
Do free buses help reduce congestion?
During the 15 months that Austin, Texas, provided free rides on their public transit system, they experienced NO reduction in traffic congestion.
|Meet the Opponents|
To gain a better understanding of the opponents' opinions, it's important to know who they are. The Center for Transportation Excellence website will help provide some insight to their arguments. Meet the opponents
Busways - Substitute or Supplement?
Opponents of light rail claim an inherent superiority of buses over light rail. They point out the advantage of buses to detour around blocked segments of their route whereas light rail is limited to travel over its trackway. They also point out that buses offer the ability to provide service where tracks are not laid into our neighborhoods with no more infrastructure requirement than the pavement which is already provided for automobiles. Finally, and most interesting, they claim that the throughput of a busway - a dedicated path for buses - can be greater than that of a trackway provided for light rail. Really?