Light Rail Transforming Cities, Guiding Development

December 27, 2010

JJ Sutherland, National Public Radio

It's hard to find a city in America that isn't planning, proposing, studying or actually building a light rail system. Cities as diverse as Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., all see light rail as part of their future — a way to reshape their development.

There are 35 light rail systems operating in the U.S. today. At least 13 metro areas are currently building others. Many more are being planned.

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The first light rail car prepares to leave a station stop at the official opening of Metro Light Rail on Dec. 27, 2008, in Phoenix. The 20-mile, $1.4 billion line runs from north-central Phoenix through downtown, and then east through suburban Tempe and Mesa.

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