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Houston Voters Approve Light Rail Bond Referendum

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  • Mike Harrington
    In a hotly contested election, despite a well-funded anti-rail campaign, Houston voters approved 22 miles of electrified light rail yesterday. This will be in
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2003
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      In a hotly contested election, despite a well-funded anti-rail
      campaign, Houston voters approved 22 miles of electrified light rail
      yesterday. This will be in addition to 7½ of light rail that goes
      into service on January 1, 2004. We are seeing a slowly evolving
      paradigm shift in one of the most energy-intensive cities on the
      planet. The City of Houston, 620 sqaure miles, with a population of
      1953679, was until recently unabashedly dedicated to a highways-only
      policy. Much of the new system will be traditional streetcar lines,
      a significant portion of which go through Black and Hispanic
      neighborhoods. Houston joins the ranks of mostly western and
      southern cities that have opted for light rail in recent memory:
      Dallas, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Denver, Minneapolis, Salt Lake, and
      Portland, Oregon. Who'd a thunk it?

      http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2201398
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