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How can you tell DMUs aren't made for running in the city?

(I'm making a full post about this because I'm tired of having to dig up the links from comments; this is primarily for background for future postings).

Pictures from Camden, NJ, on the RiverLine, which is also inappropriately labelled "light rail" by the same people trying to mislead you about our starter line here in Austin:

Doesn't look so bad. Just a bit of a corner, right? Keep going.

Further down the street to the south (down in the first image):

Further:

Try it yourself - click on any one of those images and then drag to navigate along the supposed "light" railway - and see how they managed to get it into the city core.

Any questions? This isn't light rail - it's a freight rail line bulldozed through a bunch of city blocks; which we don't have the latitude to do here in Austin, since our downtown blocks actually have some economic value.

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While I think a lot of your analysis is sound, this is a bit of a stretch--Camden's problems with development and infrastructure are much deeper then this, and I don't think it provides a particularly good comparative example. It's sort of like using Bagdad to point out the need for gun control.

The point is not that Camden's rail is to blame for what you see here; the point is that what you see here is what allowed them to go with a DMU and still penetrate the city core and hit a bunch of major attractors (the economic conditions of their downtown allowed them to condemn blocks willy-nilly so they could bring a poorly-cornering vehicle all the way in).

FYI, article on transit funding with good stats.

http://www.csg.org/pubs/Documents/TIA_PublicTrans_screen.pdf

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