From a trend perspective, the streets, roads and freeways are seeing more congestion,” said Darrell Johnson, an Orange County Transportation Authority official. “And it’s making people think of more options.”
And for many of us in Orange County, that means Metrolink commuter rail service. As soon as I found this in The Register this morning, I just had to read it. As a mass transit user myself, I do my best to keep track of new developments in transit options in Orange County.
But anyways, here is something that got me thinking. Over the next few decades, OCTA will need to invest over $1 billion in expanding Metrolink rail service in order to keep up with demand. Do YOU think this investment in commuter rail for Orange County is worth the cost?
It seems that as every year passes by, a few thousand more OC commuters give up the freeway drive to ride the train. Isn’t that a good thing? After all, more people on the train means fewer cars on the road. And of course, fewer cars on the road means less traffic on the freeways AND fewer carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere. So perhaps by investing some more money in Metrolink rail service, we’re saving the planet from the coming climate crisis while we relieve regional traffic congestion. Doesn’t that seem like a good investment?
I think you can tell where I’m coming from on this issue, but that doesn’t matter. I want to hear what YOU have to say on Metrolink and expanding rail service in Orange County. Are we wasting money by spending it on commuter rail? Or is this a good investment that ultimately benefits all of us?
Go ahead. Make my day. Fire away!