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In General

Why Rail?


Congestion: By the year 2020, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) estimates that significant portions of Greater Cincinnati’s regional freeway system will have failed in their mission to move people and goods. Traffic on some freeway segments will be crawling at a snail’s pace for several hours of the day. Alternatives are needed.

Cost of the Auto Economy: An average Cincinnati family spends 20% of its disposable income for local transportation. And as we all know, these costs continue to rise.

Highway Options are Limited: Good highways are essential. That’s why we’re improving I-75 and planning for a new Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. But many transportation economists and planners now agree that widening a road is a short-term fix. When roads are widened, they tend to attract traffic from parallel roads and foster more-distant real estate development. So after a few years, most of the gain in new capacity or safety is overwhelmed by more cars and trucks using the road.

Abandonment of the Central City: We are all proud of our own neighborhoods, but most of us still think of ourselves as Cincinnatians. Our central city has a rich infrastructure that is being abandoned and then duplicated at great cost in the suburbs. Some of Cincinnati’s best housing stock is in neighborhoods bypassed by freeways but accessible by transit. Rail transit acts as a magnet, attracting bricks and mortar and lots of new economic development. Few experts on cities dispute this anymore. The evidence is pervasive.

Rail is Better: It is an observed worldwide phenomenon that rail attracts new customers to public transportation in numbers buses don’t.