I think many reporters in the USA in the mainstream news media have simply
fallen into the habit of calling any new or proposed passenger rail service
"light rail" irregardless of what mode it really is. I have noticed this
in several U.S. based newspapers and in some magazines such as "Time" or
"Newsweek" over the past 5 - 10 years. I think the most ridiculous
example was a news article posted on, I think, the on-line edition of the
Cincinnati Enquirer a few years ago which reported on the start of
construction of the Darwin - Alice Springs, Australia rail link (which was
recently completed). In the article they reported that Australian
government officials were investigating whether to introduce "regularly
scheduled passenger services with light rail trains" from Darwin to Alice
Springs, Adelaide and Melbourne after the new rail link was operational
with freight trains.
Should Australia truly operate light rail vehicles on a regular basis on
that rail line of over 700 miles distance through empty desert from Darwin
to Alice Springs, it would certainly go into the Guinness Book of Records
of being the world's longest and loneliest street-car or light rail line.
- Dave Beale
From: marc pearsall [SMTP:mapearsall@...
Sent: Monday, 3. November 2003 03:56
Subject: Re: [swrail] Arizona Daily Sun goof: It's NOT light-rail
Thanks Bill for pointing that out... what is comical is that some reporters
have gone as far as describing it as a
What is also interesting about this new proposal is that in the span of 1
year, the proposal has gone from an $80 million venture (50% private
funding/50% federal funding) to a whopping $180+ million with 80% federal /
20% private funding. What happened?!
I wonder if Arizona's 10 congressmen will unanimously endorse the 'new'
proposal as they did with last year's $80 million plan...?
>From: Bill Lindley <wlindley@...>
>Subject: [swrail] Arizona Daily Sun goof: It's NOT light-rail
>Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 16:17:02 -0700
>What the Grand Canyon Railway is proposing, is most definitely NOT a
>light rail (i.e., modern day streetcar) project but more like commuter
>rail. The Sun reporter should get that straight.
>p.s., Thanks, Howard, for spotting that!
From: Howard Bingham [SMTP:howardb@...
Sent: Monday, 3 November 2003 00:07
Subject: [swrail] Arizona Daily Sun: Light-rail proposed for Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Railway is officially proposing the creation of a $186
million high-speed light rail line aimed at easing traffic congestion
along the South Rim -- a project it first discussed in January 2002..
For the complete story, click this URL which may be available for a