Light Rail

“The city’s [Houston] Red Line, a light rail line that travels mostly along Main Street through the most densely-built part of the city center. Behind only Boston’s Green Line in ridership per mile, a key measure of transit productivity, Houston’s light rail line draws an average of 5,000 weekday boardings per mile, putting it ahead of every other post-war surface transit system, even those in more transit-oriented cities like Los Angeles, Portland and northern New Jersey.”


  • Create a pilot program to finance light rail with a land value tax to fund light rail
  • Repeal the revenue cap to connect the light rail to both international airports and urban centers outside the 610 loop
  • Propose a parking tax to help pay for bicycle lanes and public transportation
  • Explore the possibility of a parking lot tax to fund light rail


Next City – In 2014, Houston Heads West as Light Rail Goes East

Next City – Light-Rail Advocates Are Making Their Case in Leeds

The American Monorail Project

Forbes – Bus Rapid Transit Spurs Development Better Than Light Rail and Streetcars

The Bus Rapid Transit Standard

Houston Chronicle – Smartphone Payment Coming to Metro in Late 2015

PBS – In car-centric Texas, cities reap economic boon from light rail

Houston Chronicle – Dallas, Houston follow different paths on rail development

Capital Metro, transit advocates aim to gain momentum on rail planning

The Atlantic – The Unique Genius of Hong Kong’s Public Transportation System

Land Value Capture 101: How to Fund Infrastructure With Increased Property Values

The Atlantic – New Balance Bought Its Own Commuter Rail Station

The Conservation – Gold Coast light rail study helps put a figure on value capture’s funding potential

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