Houston's Light Rail Not Good Enough For Baltimore

There's a bit of a


up in Baltimore, as some government bureaucracy -- no one really knows for sure -- is offering to pay for journalists and bloggers to take free trips to cities with shiny new mass-transit rail systems, and then write glowingly about them.

They're not interested in cities with longstanding rail systems, like New York, Boston and Chicago. Instead they want "success" stories from cities that have recently jumped on the light-rail bandwagon ("Monorail, monorail").

So when should we expect a visit to Houston, and the accompanying blowjob feature story? We shouldn't.

Baltimore officials apparently don't consider our light-rail system enough of a success story.

The junket offer extends to Portland, Oregon, LA, Phoenix and Seattle. (Phoenix?)

Maybe they just thought it would be inhumane to send someone to Houston in August. (Or to send someone to Houston in August and then expect a positive story.)

Or maybe our light-rail "system" sucks.

-- Richard Connelly

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