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With streetcars there is a greater incentive to build dedicated lanes in the future because rail vehicles cannot pass other traffic. They are also higher-capacity. And light rail can enable building in grassy areas, preserving green urban landscapes, whereas ripping up asphalt almost never happens.

When dedicated bus lanes are built without physical barriers to save costs, there is also too great of a temptation for cars to use them, even with proper enforcement. BRT is a cost-saving measure to begin with, and then there are many more cost-saving measures that can downgrade the project into regular bus oblivion. In that regard, light rail faces similar problems, but it is a much more solid start for a project to build from—on the other hand, busways can be easily upgraded to light rail when they are properly built. But politicians and their constituents tend not to keep long-term goals in mind.

by Omar on Jul 12, 2012 1:07 pm • linkreport

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