They’re talking about transit here again. The Detroit Free Press and WDET’s Detroit Today show reported on Tuesday about a plan to build a light rail line from the State Fairgrounds to downtown. It’s a bit less ambitious plan than the previous incarnations, but analysts say that’s why it’s gone further. Maybe if they get that one built, and it gets enough use, the idea to expand it will be considered.
As good as it would be to have some part of a transit system somewhere in this car-bound area, what’s planned so far wouldn’t help the thousands of people who commute suburb-to-suburb. One of the main obstacles to that idea are the many “competing interests”, as cited in the Freep article. Maybe gasoline prices will make those competing interests reconsider their positions, though, I’m sure that prices will never go down below, well, $3/gallon, even.
For years now, I’ve been driving I-696 from Warren to Farmington Hills, wishing there was a light rail line down the middle of the freeway—y’know, similar to DC’s Metro. Boy, would that be nice. It might be an economic spur, too.
The Freep article mentioned is “Plan takes shape for travel by light-rail” (Detroit Free Press, April 22, 2008)