We just released some improvements to our transit search (here are homes for sale within a quarter mile of Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail line) and, while we let people search for homes near bus routes, we’ve really prioritized light rail lines in our latest release. When people think about buying a home, they think about the fixed amenities – the rail stops – and not the transient things like buses. The huge upfront investment in rail and relatively smaller operational costs means that it’s really hard for agencies to kill or dramatically reduce transit and people know that.
Not only is rail better than buses, the word is that Seattle’s rail is going to be better than Portland’s rail. What do you think about that, Portland Transport?