The new year marks the opening of the light rail line in Houston, an event that will be celebrated more by some than by others. I'll be up front about this: The rail line stops a block from my office, and so I expect to use it at least occasionally when I need to get to downtown or the Medical Center during the day, because driving to and parking in those areas sucks. I look forward to the day when I can take rail - light, commuter, or other - all the way from my house to my job.
UPDATE: Aziz has a couple of suggestions.
Here's what these trains need to become useful for commuters:
1. They must run from very early in the morning to very late at night. I think they have this covered, the Chron had a mention that they'd run from 4:30am to 1:00am. Train frequencies should never be longer than 5 minutes at peak times, 20 minutes at off-peak.
2. There must be direct/non-stop bus service to the downtown transit center from every Park N' Ride in town, at frequencies of every 30 minutes during peak times, one hour for off-peak. The bus needs to run at least as early as 5:00 AM and as late as 8:00 PM.