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This entry misses the point. I agree that rail isn't going to reduce congestion. Unfortunately, and more importantly, *nothing* is going to reduce congestion. No one likes admitting this, but it's an unavoidable conclusion. Congestion is something that we're going to have to learn to deal with in this region. It's already bad, and it's only going to get worse.

More roads aren't going to fix the problem. Most attempts to reduce congestion by building roads have delayed the problem for a few years, after which the driving population once again start screaming for more roads.

Transit isn't going to fix the problem, but it will, as you mentioned, provide an alternative for some commuters. Over time, it will provide choices for many more commuters. This is a good thing, and I believe it's the best of many options.

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