Light Rail

Scarborough Plans Light Rail

By Ben Bull
Published June 04, 2008

Question: What do you give to a neighbourhood that is sprawled out, difficult to get to, car dependant and crying out for a better-than-bus transit system?

Answer: Light Rail.

Somehow, with seemingly little effort and even less fanfare, Scarborough is quietly working through its transit related problems and sketching out its future light rail lines.

Thus far (although it's still early days) there appears to be little opposition to the scheme – and why would there be? Scarberians realize that if they are ever to be the city they claim they want to be, they must reduce their dependency on the car and install a workable world-class transit system.

For Scarborough, the decision is easy. Why, then, is it so hard in Hamilton?

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.

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By Bee (anonymous) | Posted June 06, 2008 at 00:34:00

Is there really that much opposition in Hamilton? Pardon me for not paying that much attention but, aside from a few airheaded suburbanites and blowhard councilors I've heard nothing but praise for the idea. Perhaps it's just that this city doesn't know how to make drastic changes. It's been in such a spectacular rut of status quo that it doesn't know anything else. Its undoing continues to be its fine tuned ability to do nothing at all.

Or maybe we just need to do another study or three.

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