electricron wrote:Well, you'd be wrong to think that. Very few people travel on SH-130 if their origin and/or destination is Austin, San Antonio, or one of their suburbs. The toll road is much too far to the east to be of any utility for those trips. People have already voted with their automobile "feet".fauxcelt wrote:Since most people seem to prefer to drive on a free but congested and crowded highway such as I-35 instead of SH-130 (the toll road), why does someone think they might be willing to switch to riding a train?I don't think many will spend more to ride than they will to drive. The fares on the train should be significantly higher than the tolls on the turnpike.
The LSTAR service would provide stations and connections in every city and town in the north-south corridor between Williamson and Bexar Counties, with park and rides, etc. It will also likely charge the national average for commuter rail fares, which is about $0.25 per mile. Why would they be any higher than that?
Plus, if you're correct, then no commuter rail line paralleled by a toll road should be successful, or able to compete for passengers. That's clearly not the case, especially when you're comparing rail service directly to activity, employment, and population centers with a meandering toll road that is located far outside any of those centers, with terrible connections to those centers, and longer trip times.