walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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rail and sprawl

There's a much longer background discussion about (a) whether a rail link between Tucson and Phoenix might be a good idea and (b) independent of (a), why ADOT hasn't at least asked Amtrak to do an assessment.

In any event, here's a great discussion of rail and sprawl:

http://stephenrees.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/does-commuter-rail-cause-or-promote-sprawl/

I would only add: rail development _did_ cause sprawl, but switching from rail to asphalt made it worse and switching back to rail will make it better. Verb tense matters.

ETA: Oh, and irritatingly enough, once again someone has discussed transportation and zoning and sprawl while not talking about the industrial zone and freight. At all.
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