Letter: Light rail is worth the effort

In response to to the Jan. 2 letter “Light rail wrong for a 24/7 city,” while the writer’s experience could be vast, mine is recent.

Phoenix has a light rail line that runs from the western valley to Mesa, passing between two stadiums and then the airport continuing east.

While construction was costly and time-consuming, the final results can’t be denied — improvements along the central corridor, new businesses, lofts, art galleries, etc. The rail cars themselves are beautiful, with plenty of seating, bike racks, bright lighting and, of course, air conditioning. The payoffs are obvious: With fewer vehicles, there’s less emissions, improving air quality.

Make no mistake, every world-class city has rail service, and Las Vegas needs it too. Some things are not meant to profit from but are worth their weight in communal benefit.