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Yes James, buses can be rerouted, changed, etc. at a moments notice. And for that reason there is no sense of permanence. People know a trolley line will always be there. Business is more likely to invest and build on a permanent transit line than one that could easily disappear overnight. People are more likely to live near a permanent transit line, such as trolleys.

Dedicated rights of way for trolley lines can resolve many of the traffic issues. And speaking of Pittsburgh, there is presently quite a bit of light rail construction going on there. It's being developed in areas of the city that once had a huge street car network, which was foolishly converted to buses in the 1970's and 1980's. And much of Pittsburgh's street car system ran on private right of way, unhampered by traffic. But those were the days when General Motors, .et al, still had a stranglehold on the nations public transit systems and thinking.

by Transit Jeff on Dec 7, 2009 12:40 am • linkreport

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