Since 2004 when the original 7.5 miles of the Red Line opened, the train has been a source of tension and frustration for drivers. Though many lament the loss of block after block of left turns from Main, others have always questioned the safety of having trains intersect with vehicle traffic.
Incidents are common enough that critics have for years called the line the “danger train” because of its role in accidents.
As the mileage of light rail in Houston has grown, so have the number of collisions. In 2014, before the Green Line and Purple Line opened, Metro reported 58 collisions. Last year, the number of collisions jumped to 108, though many were along the Red Line.