Comment 115898

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted January 04, 2016 at 13:36:28

The original A-Line LRT, where it gets close, but does not go onto Guise Street.


The waterfront redevelopment featuring a traffic circle not designed for LRT/bike-friendliness. The style, diameter and roadwidth is typical of those traffic circles often found in suburban settings, and will not be very comfortable to cross by bike. If a traffic circle is kept, it should be redesigned to also accomodate LRT/bikes. They can be great elements in an urban landscape, but they didn't design-in pedestrian accomodations into the artwork.


A modified A-Line proposal that brings it into the waterfront redevelopment:


By bringing an LRT station right up here, this could allow a reduction (10-25%) of the parking garage size, allowing for a larger residential development. I strongly suggest they consider this.

We are using reversible LRVs (cabs on both ends), so we don't need a traffic circle to reverse.

Technically, the LRT station could stop just before the traffic circle, and reverse. That'd solve the LRT issue, but there would need to be slightly more setback (about 2-3 meters) to make room for a median LRT platform), assuming mixed traffic.

That said, we need to make sure that the design of the traffic circle is friendly to all modes of transportation planned. What was drawn might have been made to look good on paper, but it's very easy to make a traffic circle friendly only to cars; making it harder for people to walk to the waterfront than it is today.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-01-04 13:59:42

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