The Peoples Champion said:
Columbus has been growing for probably 40 years now. And even with this, ppl can't get light rail here. Columbus could have a population of 5 million and there would be 4 1/2 million driving cars a little under 1/2 million on the bus. And some nut bicycling from his job in Grove City to his home in Newark...
Los Angeles is probably the most car-centric city in the universe. It has light rail. People fought tooth and nail against it. They liked sitting in their cars for hours every day. They refused to give up their cars. Expand the freeways they said. People like it now. And use it. A lot.
To me, light rail is like a Walmart in your neighborhood. Everyone fights it, but once it's there, they use it.
I don't think there is a light rail system in the US that is under-utilized. Or not planning expansion. Why would Columbus be the lone exception?
Just because a city drives today, doesn't mean they wouldn't embrace change tomorrow. You seem to acknowledge that what the city has done in the past isn't working, why so against alternatives?