Dear Lee Leffingwell And Rob Spillar

In yesterday’s Chron article, you appear to have the wrong idea of what those of us who demand reserved guideway are concerned about.
This (somebody ‘messing up the track’):

is a minor concern. It happens rarely.
This:

is a major concern. It will happen every single day, and will make the train slower and less reliable than the existing city buses on Congress.
Any questions?

My First Comment On The Urban Rail Scoping Study

Just left at this address. No time for more on this yet. In short, Red River is a wash compared to Manor unless dedicated lane – both don’t have a ton of traffic today but might down the road. Shared lane sucks whereever you run it, but it sucks more on Congress where traffic would already kill the thing if it existed today.

IF this thing gets dedicated lanes in the core, it can eventually grow into the kind of system we should have had in 2000 and 2004. But that’s a big IF. Without dedicated lanes on Congress, this thing will be a ridership-losing disaster. You need to spend more time talking to folks who understand how to get drivers out of their cars, not new urbanists who gave up their cars a long time ago.
Thinking “because it’s rail people will automatically ride” is what got the Red Line such a black-eye for rail in our region. Don’t make the same stupid mistake yet again.
- Mike Dahmus
Urban Transportation Commission (2000-2005)
Only Pro-Rail Guy Who Was Right On The Red Line

Approximately 3100 words for today about TOD

I wish this were an April Fools’ joke, but many folks, including city council members and Cap Metro board members, apparently believe the site drawn below with loving care in MSPaint is going to be a TOD when it’s complete. The project page is here.
Click on each picture for a double-size version.

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