Comment 26548

By highwater (registered) | Posted September 12, 2008 at 15:14:21

Great points. I agree.

I know the Westdale BIA fought moving the buses to Main when it was originally proposed as part of moving the University's main entrance to Main fearing that it hurt business. The King/Sterling route was kept to placate them. As a Westdaler, I certainly wouldn't want to see anything that would have a negative impact on local businesses, but I wonder how real this fear is. I've seen several businesses catering to students that didn't survive because the expected foot traffic didn't materialize. There doesn't seem to be a critical mass of people willing to get off the bus to shop, then get back on or walk the rest of the way to campus. I really don't think moving the buses to Main would have that much of an impact, but I'd be interested to see the BIA's opinion.

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