• Corpus ID: 106697962

The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit

  title={The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit},
  author={Randal O'toole},
  journal={GeographyRN: Transportation Geography (Sub-Topic)},
  • R. O'toole
  • Published 3 June 2014
  • Art
  • GeographyRN: Transportation Geography (Sub-Topic)
Most new rail transit lines in the United States and around the world are either light rail, including lines that sometimes run in or cross city streets, or heavy rail, which are built in exclusive rights of way, usually elevated or in subways. Heavy rail costs far more to build than light rail, but the capacity of light rail to move people is far lower than heavy rail. In fact, the terms light and heavy refer to people-moving capacities, not the actual weight of the equipment.Recently, a… 
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