“Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right.” Most of us heard that from our mothers growing up, and hopefully Orange County officials were listening because that piece of wisdom will come in handy as they determine the future path of the county’s transportation policy. Will Orange County follow the crowd and build light rail or will it do the right thing? It’s easy to see why light rail has some officials fooled. It has expanded into about two dozen of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas and many more, including Orange County, are looking to join the light- rail club. The board of the Orange County Transportation Authority will again consider its CenterLine project at a meeting Friday. But a closer look shows just how wrong other local governments have been about light rail. That’s from an oped of mine in today’s OC Register. Read the whole thing here.
Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.