November 2011 Newsletter

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Deferred Opportunity for Buffalo? Light Rail Expansion

By Seth C Triggs

As of 2009 in the United States (and North America), all non-new build light rail systems have expanded except for Metro Rail in Buffalo, New York. Some new build systems such as Seattle's Link Light Rail have already commenced expansion planning and/or construction. Indeed, a large portion of light rail expansion has occurred in the past five years. Due to the somewhat higher costs associated with reserved right-of-ways [see note 1], not as many heavy-rail (rapid transit) systems have expanded.

The Most Common Metro Rail Myths

Despite the advantages of improved transit service, Metro Rail expansion has been hindered by a variety of myths.

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