Evidently someone has suggested putting a light rail line along the Niagara gorge once the Parkway has been removed. A letter-writer to the News properly points out that Olmsted didn’t envision light rail along Niagara. He should have stopped there.
Light rail for the greenway in Niagara County is only worth further discussion if proponents are willing to keep it a quarter to half mile away from the gorge rim. Champions of light rail should consider linking the Wine Trail with school districts and Sanborn “streetscapes.”
There's no need for light rail anywhere around here. It's a monstrously expensive, currently stylish boondoggle that almost no one rides anywhere it's built. We've seen what a fiasco these things are right here in Buffalo. Can anyone honestly say we'd be worse off if we had frequent express bus service between UB and downtown instead of the subway?
We'd have saved American taxpayers around $1 billion and wouldn't have destroyed Main Street in the process. Foisting something like that on Niagara County is just evil. If ever in a weak moment you're tempted to agree with the light rail advocates, play the Monorail Song then lie down for a couple minutes and get over it.