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Nothing stops the train

After 47 train-vehicle accidents since the first light rail line opened in January, might Houston at least pause before pushing for another line? Nope.

Weak ridership, funding shortfalls–nothing stops the train. If the public supports it, it moves ahead. If the public doesn't support it, it still moves ahead:

But on a 5-4 vote Friday, the Orange County Transportation Authority board killed the idea [to put the billion-dollar CenterLine light rail project to a countywide vote].

Board member Miguel A. Pulido, a supporter of the rail line, led the opposition, arguing that a ballot measure would be an unwise gamble because voters would probably reject the project.

"It would be a terrible mistake. By voting to put it on the balllot, we kill the project."

Ted Balaker is Producer


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