Here’s a great short video (under 15 minutes) from a US High Speed Rail conference two years ago. While the reference to Lance Armstrong towards the beginning has now taken an ironic twist, the message about rail and land-use still holds.
The video is a reminder that it’s not really about the train. It’s about the land use after the rail investment. Ultimately, we are looking for places that are built for cities. Many parts of Columbus and some suburbs are ready for that kind of redevelopment but it shouldn’t be assumed when planning rail projects.
While this talk is about high-speed rail, it can just as easily apply to streetcars and light rail.