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    Piece really plays up way the Swift acted as a model for MARTA, BART, etc--2nd-gen regional metros. Not something I've thought about much.

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    In some ways, IMO, this was actually a net negative--hard to argue MARTA/BART/WMATA systems are the most efficient that could've been built.

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    Building massive infrastructure deep into the suburbs is, generally, a bad idea; the Swift works b/c it used existing infrastructure.

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    What the "Swift Model" did was prevent the US from thinking along the lines of the rest of the world: using mainline rail as rapid transit.

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    Right around the same time in Chicago, Ben Heineman's C&NW was experimenting w/one of the US' most advanced commuter rail systems.

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    They cut crews, pioneered push-pull, experimented with fare products, etc. But the two experiments didn't meet+think through commonalities.

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    It was an age of exuberance & free-flowing money, so instead of trying to use infrastructure efficiently, we got massive, overbuilt systems.

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    There's a place for 2nd-gen metro systems but we would've been better off if they'd been better coordinated with legacy infrastructure.

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    We can't just build our way out of every problem. We know that now but it hadn't quite dawned on people in the '60s.

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    So the Swift is advanced, a success, etc; but the legacy of what it modeled is much more mixed when considered in broader context.

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