Random picture of Sacto LR I took a few years ago
Just goes to show that rail transit really can work, even in a city that developed through decades of auto-oriented sprawl.
So VTA, what's your excuse?
I expect a big part of Sacto LR's success is that routes are fairly straight, reasonably fast (transit doesn't have to run at bullet-train speeds, or even be faster than driving--just don't make it painfully, insultingly slow), and building lines to run where people actually want to go.
Pretty basic stuff, but you'd be surprised how often transit "professionals" overlook these factors!
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