Comment 30104

By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted April 14, 2009 at 01:06:27

Jason, I got my info from one of their sites and if you spend a few minutes with Google maps my numbers add up. I grant you there is a lot of misleading info out there. Even before LRT was built Portland was the major urban centre in the state. It certainly helped Portland but it was in a very different situation then we are in.

LL, Great idea let us look at Sheffield. City population is very similar to ours and that is about the only similarity. Their density is over 1400/KM2 compared to our 450/KM2 . The area of Sheffield is less than 400KM2 compared to our 1100KM2(Portland city covers less than 400KM2). They are the biggest city in the area and likely the destination. Look at all the roads radiating out (or converging in). In Ontario we amalgamate our urban areas. Hamilton swallowed Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas and Flamborough and almost doubled its population overnight. It also increased its area by even more. Most parts of the world do not do this so comparisons are difficult. England is a good chunk smaller than Southern Ontario and has a population well over 50 million compared to Southern Ontario's 13 million. This is the big problem with transit in our country, it is very BIG. There is not a single transit system in North America that breaks even. We need public transit but we need to be careful how and what we do. The Blue line has been a great success how about extending the concept? Maybe Mohawk Rd?

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