More Rail Means More Transit Riders

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This graph show the transit ridership and miles of rail in mid-sized US Cities for 2008.

As this chart clearly shows, more miles of rail leads to more transit ridership in cities of similar size to Cincinnati.  Support Increased Transit Use–Build the Streetcar.

Note: City population ranking is by 2008 MSA

2 thoughts on “More Rail Means More Transit Riders

    Darryl Dravland said:
    November 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

    My problem with Cincinnati managers and Council, is that they rarely do enough to make their projects viable. Always the bare minimum then it becomes a laughing stock of the country and dies off with all the money lost, while our neighbors do it up right and get the business.
    In the beginning of this project, all it was was a tourist attraction for downtown (for $200M)! Then, maybe (sometime down the road!) a branch to the Clifton area where UC is.
    The project needs to be from downtown to the Zoo and ports in-between so it becomes ‘useful’…then light-rail from outlying areas to bring riders into the City and visa verse. Now, that could re-invigorate our locale, in my humble opinion.

      CincyStreetcar said:
      November 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

      The project needs to be from downtown to the Zoo and ports in-between so it becomes ‘useful’…then light-rail from outlying areas to bring riders into the City and visa verse. Now, that could re-invigorate our locale, in my humble opinion.

      That is exactly the plan: https://cincystreetcar.wordpress.com/route/ . The cost for the entire route from the riverfront to the zoo is $185 million. Opponents of the streetcar have frequently misstated the costs of the route.

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