Comment of the Day: Commuter Rail Makes Sense

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We noted yesterday how Metro is gingerly dipping its toes into the possibility of commuter rail along the 90A corridor to Fort Bend County.

One reader was all for it.

Mike N wrrote

Along basically every major non-loop freeway in Houston other than 10 East and 225 is either a major planned community or enough development to justify commuter rail along these spoke freeways (by "along" I mean serving the communities along the freeways, not necessarily strictly down the middle of the freeway where the HOV lanes are or anything). Even serving just the suburbs to downtown commuters at first, it would probably have significantly relieved freeway traffic.

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How is public transit in the suburbs? I assume you couldn't get by completely car free as you would need to drive to your local metro station...

This concept works well in Chicago, both with the commuter Metra system and with the EL system.


Serving just the suburbs to downtown commuters at first would just gobble up the HOV bus riders.

But not really since the HOV bus drops you off near your office. With a train I'd still have to take a bus to my office downtown.


Or you could just walk because all of downtown is within safe (during the day) easy walking distance from the Metro.....

-Someone without a car who relies only on public transit

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