Comment 26579

By brodiec (registered) | Posted September 15, 2008 at 08:36:44

I think the alignment makes a lot of sense when it comes to delivering a good quality of service to all users of the Beeline route rather than focusing the service on McMaster.

As somebody who has taken routes through the westend and the Mac campus for more than 20 years now I have to say that the failure is not the alignment of the routes. The failure is the meandering suburban layout of the McMaster campus.

Historically speaking let's remember that University Ave, now re-aligned next to the Medical Centre (MUMC), is actually a poorly drawn return to form. The unfortunate part being is that poor planning of the campus has put a building blocking direct alignment of roads at intersections perpendicular to Main St. The most horrendous mistake probably being the MUMC parking arcade which not only impedes transit and pedestrian access to the front of MUMC but also emergency vehicle access.

This means that running any sort of rapid transit through campus is basically impossible without unnecessary left turns, cueing in turning lanes etc.

As per students threatening to drive to school if there is not a transit stop located next to every facility on campus... I think it's probably time to get a nice winter jacket and grow up a bit.

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