Rail Stops Vs. Bus Stops

Great quote via the Overhead Wire

“Rail transit drives walkable urban places. I’ve never seen one dollar of real estate investment invested because of a bus stop. But if you have [rail] transit, it’s a different story altogether.”Chris Leinberger

Permanence yields investment.  Bus stops come and go.  I would take it a step further and suggest that in several cases the presence of a bus stop could actually inhibit real estate investment.

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  1. The bus stops likely followed the apartments in that example, Tim. (Many bus stops along the #3 have moved at least a couple times even just since I’ve been here).

  2. I think apartment complexes often are built around bus stops. Take a drive along the 3/10 route in South Austin. Pretty much all the apartment complexes in the area are along that route. But that route is probably one of the best in Austin for getting people where they want to go.

    I think the difference is that bus stops yield low-end investment. Trains high-end.

  3. agreed. good destinations, along an urban rail line, should create more permanent stops.

  4. It’s also worth adding that rail service isn’t sufficient either – it has to be high-quality rail service, i.e. fast, frequent, going to good destinations without transfers.

    Commuter rail isn’t going to do it, in other words.

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