Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
In a perfect world, it'd be a very good idea for Cincinnati. Ideally, you'd like to eventually see a system that connects Cincinnati, Cincinnati Suburbs, Dayton Suburbs and Dayton since this entire region is merging and will eventually just overlap.
Unfortunately, cost is the major issue here. Even doing a basic light-rail system in just Hamilton County would cost a ton of money and would require a special tax (likely a sales tax). I think most voters, having seen how far into the red the Stadium sales tax has run, would be lukewarm on the idea of financing another major issue with one major capital improvement deep in the hole.
Without getting too political, it's unfortunate that -- with all the money the country has spent over the last decade -- there was never a thought given to doing something like "let's give each major city in America $1 billion to modernize their transportation systems or add mass transit options." If you're going to spend tons of money, it'd be nice to see something at the end of the day.
I like the idea of a local light rail. I'm not in favor of it from one city to another. If I want to go to Columbus for something or other. Where's that light rail going to leave me off? Am I going to have to get a cab to get to my destination? How long am I going to have to wait for my cab? How long am I going to have to wait for my light rail return trip? What if I miss it? Am I screwed or is there another one coming along soon? If there isn't, am I stuck in Columbus for the evening? If I drive up there, I can come and go as I please. If I want to stay late, I can do that. If I want to leave early, I can do that. If I want to stop on the way home or going there, I can do that too.