There is a widely held belief that more rail equates to more transit. In fact, the opposite is true. Out of the top 10 ranked metropolitan areas in the Brookings Institution report, six do not have a rail system. Of the four that do, their bus systems carry far more passengers than do their rail systems. There are only a handful of very dense cities where rail carries more people than buses. Even the much vaunted Portland light rail about which we have heard so much in Houston carries only about 65 percent of the passengers Portland's buses do.