The pros and cons of light rail was made crystal clear to me this morning as I walked down to catch a bus on a route that will shortly no longer exist. Con: The nearest light rail station is further away from me than my bus stop, which is right down the street from my house. A lot of people are in this situation. Such as the woman who showed up at the bus stop with her young daughter on the way to dropping her off at day care. Her eyes bulged as I told her the 42 was on the way out. "No way," she said. "I'm not walking that far." The light rail station would be more than a mile from her house, she said. And all that is apart from the clanging noise of the trains, which is sparking complaints. (Listen to the sound on this post from last month.)
Pro: We stood there waiting for the bus nearly 15 minutes. As the woman with the daughter noted, the 42 is almost always late--and it only comes once every half hour. According to the light rail schedule, the trains will be running every 7 to 10 minutes during rush hour.