Originally Posted by reds1869
I agree wholeheartedly. Without light rail to connect, the street car would face an uphill fight for ridership from the outset.
One thing I miss about my time in Cleveland--scratch that, the only thing I miss about my time in Cleveland is their generally excellent rail system. I miss catching the train to Shaker Square or the ballpark, not to mention buying a $55 monthly pass that gave me unlimited transfers on both rail and bus lines. Getting to work was convenient and I loved being able to relax or do some last minute catching up on the train.
I used to take the DC Metro into Union Station every morning from West Falls Church, VA when I was in high school. I could sleep on the train, do work, or just listen to music (on my cassette tape Walkman -- to hell with you kids and your fancy iPods).
I'd gladly swap my car ride into work every day if I could be on a train to downtown every morning. In fact, I'd be willing to increase the time I spend commuting from 25 minutes to 30-40 minutes if it meant I could just veg out on the train and not worry about driving.