The transit experience
in peer markets
- In St. Louis,
opposition to LRT was fierce initially. But political will
has swung decisively the other way since the debut of the
first Metrolink line in 1993 and ridership that has exceeded
expectations. St. Louis Metro is now extending its two existing
lines and planning a third line, all without federal contribution.
streetcar system was the nation’s largest when it
closed in the mid 1960s. Twenty years later the Allegheny
County Port Authority began operating its modern light rail
service, “the T”, which has grown to four lines.
The Port Authority also operates three bus rapid transit
- For overall transit, Houston,
and Cleveland are “peer
markets” with Minneapolis. Metro
Transit is more efficient than its peers in rides per
dollar of subsidy (paying for 1/3 of bus operations out
of the fare box) but provides fewer rides per capita than
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