Rail study for 31 U.S. urban areas

I couldn’t find any U.S. urban rail analysis studies on either the Moving Hillsborough Forward (one-stop) web site, or the county’s Transportation Referendum web pages. 

I did however find a well documented recent study dated March 24, 2010 from the Cato Institute with analysis that includes some detail on the transit rail experiences of 31 U.S. urban areas.  

It draws upon reports from the Department of Transportation and the Census Bureau as well as the Federal Transit Administration’s National Transit Database.  

The most important thing is that it provides a series of “tests” (or questions) to evaluate a rail system’s value and usefulness to the voting/taxpaying public. This is a perfect document to help “let the voters decide.”

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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