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Wham-Bam-Tram makes it an even 100

Ted Balaker
August 10, 2005, 1:34pm

A sad milestone for Houston's light rail line: Article here. This site counts the latest accident as # 106. Some other milestones ... * Light rail turns 1-year-old. * The first pedestrian collision. * Light rail's aborted Super Bowl debut. This site compares safety among various modes. Turns out that accident-prone light rail isn't just a Houston thing. It's important to remember that deaths from light rail accidents are almost always from the private auto part of light rail-private auto collisions. Also, as light rail fans point out often, it's typically the motorist who is at fault. Then again, throwing a big train into surface traffic makes it more confusing for motorists to navigate city streets. Plus the human factor is something planners and engineers are supposed to account for.

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