Facts trump fears – neighborhood impact will be minimal!

At a public meeting on July 18, Metro rolled out the latest data and conceptual drawings for the University Corridor light rail line. These documents show clearly that most of the fears about a potential Richmond alignment have been unwarranted. METRO has demonstrated that they are working hard to address the legitimate concerns of residents and businesses along Richmond.

Concerns over rail have included exaggerated fears over excessive use of eminent domain, loss of traffic lanes, disappearance of trees, and major disruptions of business along Richmond.

Now METRO has responded:
The plans, details and renderings shown Tuesday demonstrate that we can have rail on Richmond for the good of both our neighborhoods and the whole City. Here is what Metro’s plans reveal:

  • No loss of traffic lanes
  • Left turns allowed at 35 of 42 intersections
  • Full access to existing businesses and neighborhoods
  • Short 180-day construction windows
  • Only 8 constructive (whole) property takings
  • Most right-of-way widenings less than 4 feet
  • Medians and trees remain west of Kirby; plant new trees east of Kirby
  • Convenient and attractive stations at Montrose, Dunlavy, Shepherd, Kirby, Buffalo Speedway or Greenway Plaza, Weslayan, South Rice, and the Hillcroft Transit Center

That sounds like neighborhood-friendly light rail to us!

The facts are in and it looks like we can have rail where the people are — on Richmond — with minimal impact to businesses and neighborhoods! This proves the point RichmondRail.org has been making: facts will rule over fear and misinformation. Now that the concerns of anti-rail people are being addressed, and given that studies and experts agree that light rail brings value to neighborhoods, this should be a no brainier. Richmond all the way.

But you should see for yourself. Download METRO’s presentation (pdf) and meeting materials, and get your questions answered at two more meetings next week:

  • Monday, July 24, 2006 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
    Third Ward Multi Service Center, 3611 Ennis
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2006 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
    St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 South Main St.

Then help us spread the word!

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