One-track Mind

Houston’s light-rail is fast. And friendly. And free from gridlock. And . . .
Traveling Light: METRORail connects the city's tourist hot spots.
Photograph by Kenny Braun

It’s a steamy Friday afternoon, and I’m fighting for my life on Interstate 10 heading into Houston, battling never-ending construction and kamikaze drivers. Why? Because of jealousy: Houston, which I relentlessly belittle, as every loyal Austinite should, has a newly minted light-rail train system. My oh-so-progressive city doesn’t. And although the sole route, the METRORail Red Line, is a mere 7.5 miles long—running from downtown to just south of Reliant Stadium—and serves only a snippet of


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