itsjrd1964 wrote:Not unlike the Knox-Henderson station that didn't happen because it was unwanted (until after the dust settled and the light rail proved popular), and the same with Corinth along the DCTA A-Train. Oh well, more transit and trains for the rest of us....
Whether the citizens of Corinth wanted a train station or not, which by the way was not located for their ease of use but for the ease of use for community college students, their city government certainly did not have the ability to pay for it.
Denton = 136,268
Lewisville = 106,021
Highland Village = 16,587
Corinth = 21,152
Some could argue Highland Village is not large enough as well. But the median home value in Highland Village is $378,200, in Corinth it is $269,800. Maybe Highland Village taxpayers are richer than in Corinth?
Let's do some simple math, assuming NCTCOG's estimation to build a train station would cost between $3 million and $10 million .
(Note: to keep the math simple lets use 20,000 vs 21,152 for Corinth's population)
$3,000,000 / 20,000 citizens = $150 / citizen
$10,000,000 / 20,000 citizens = $500 / citizen
Let's compare that to Denton and Lewisville....
Denton = $3,000,000 / 135,000 = $22 / citizen
Denton = $10,000,000 / 135,000 = $74 / citizen
Lewisville = $3,000,000 / 105,000 = $28 / citizen
Lewisville = $10,000,000 / 105,000 = $95 / citizen
We need to keep in mind what smaller cities and towns can afford to do or not. Expecting smaller cities to afford the same things that larger cities can afford is very unrealistic and unfair.