Program 8: Light Rail

    Explores the relationship between intercity rail and forms of light-rail able to supply service within cities, organizing urban space into navigable corridors that reach particular districts and neighborhoods. Argues for the advantages of retrofitting American cites with light rail as we move towards a more energy-efficient and less congested urban culture that is not so dependent on automobiles. Stresses the economic and social value of new light rail infrastructure in promoting “transit-oriented development,” a phenomenon driving growth and change in areas of Portland, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, and other urban centers. Details the benefits of such “smart growth” for local economies, the env

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