Remember talk of a commuter rail along the north-south corridor of Northwest Arkansas? Steve Luoni, the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Arkansas, sure does.
Luoni, as you may or may not remember, was advocating for commuter rail a few years back, but his plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
“I think regional leaders are still cool to the idea,” he said.
And here’s why.
A 2014 study by engineering firm URS Corporation, titled Northwest Arkansas Transportation Alternative Analysis, concluded the region is not ready for commuter rail. The reasons why are predictable: lack of ridership and funding.
According to the report, commuter rail along the existing Arkansas and Missouri Railroad right-of-way could cost as much as $664 million.... [ MORE ]