Light Rail Openings: Boon to Ridership, Growth

This article describes the opening of three new light rail lines in three different cities: Dallas, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. Seattle’s first light rail line, the Central Link, is run by Sound Transit and covers 14 miles with 12 stations. Portland has had light rail for some time, but its newest line, the 8.3-mile MAX Green Line, began service in September of 2009. That same month, Dallas Area Rapid Transit inaugurated its Green Line light rail, which is the first of several other light rail line expansions expected to be constructed over the next nine years. The article describes how each of these new lines fits into each city’s larger transit systems, the costs of building them, and the marketing efforts required to get passengers on board for the first time.

  • Authors:
    • Schlosser, Nicole
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 20, 22-24, 26
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01149110
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 2009 4:44PM