Comment 34857

By Really? (registered) | Posted October 17, 2009 at 15:35:50

Great post, Mahesh! I totally appreciate where you're coming from, but I don't think concentrating on the 'Rapid' aspect of Rapid Transit is that bad of an idea.

Clearly Main & King will slow down with two-way conversion (hopefully followed by other converts, both East-West & North-South), so cars wouldn't be speeding down at all, but rather Light Rail would pass the cars at a reasonable speed (far from the 70km/h vehicles regularly speed along Main through the Core).

Today, time is always a factor, regardless of anything. It's North American Culture; it's how we live today. So to attract those 'busy' ppl that feel Public Transit is too slow, we must promote LRT as RAPID Transit. They may not care about spin-off effects, or environmental benefits, they may simply want a faster, cheaper way of getting to Work/GO/School/Wherever! So why not promote it as the RAPID Alternative to Your Car, while at the same time you and I can enjoy the benefits of Light Rail?!

LRT along Barton wouldn't be able to go very fast, as Barton is a narrow road (inner-city) and would have to likely share the road with personal vehicles, but would certaily fit well into Barton's Urban Fabric and may only happen if the B-Line LRT is a success --by getting as MANY people to ride it as possible!

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