The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest —
but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears.
We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations.
We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F Kennedy, Yale University, June 1962
There are many myths about light rail train projects that are often repeated by light rail advocates that makes it very difficult to have a fact based discussion. This light rail bias has been well documented in grand jury findings and policy studies, yet they continue to persist. Without a fact-based discussion, we will squander large amounts of tax dollars for an inflexible and obsolete light rail system that will not align with high growth areas and new emergent transportation technologies. Here is a partial list of some of these recurring myths.
- Light Rail reduces traffic congestion?
- Light Rail is safe?
- Light Rail is faster than alternatives?
- Light Rail is economical?
- Light Rail is more efficient than cars?
- Light Rail is environmentally sound?
Who can I talk to and have my voice heard?
Some voices carry more than others. Your elected representatives will listen to you. You have the vote! How can I maximize my voice? Phone calls are heard very loud and clear. Hand written letters are the next best thing. Followed by typed letters delivered by US postal. And lastly email. So while most of us use (myself included) email … your elected representatives prefer to hear from you (literally). So if you want to maximize your impact, please call!