Comment 49964

By jason (registered) | Posted October 21, 2010 at 09:16:19

having actually lived in Portland I can verify that they don't have mega wide downtown streets with several lanes and cars sharing LRT streets. In fact, off the top of my head the only streets I can think of downtown where cars drive on the same streets as the LRT are streets that have been made 2 lanes TOTAL - one for LRT, one for cars. The north/south streets that are one-way have parking on both sides, stoplights at every block (50-100 foot distances) and are NEVER timed to be green. In fact, I'm convinced that they were timed to go red if you happened to hit 2 greens in a row. Sidewalks are insanely wide, bike lanes are everywhere and through the dense central core of the city the LRT stops every 2-3 blocks. Most people park in parking garages like our parkade. In fact, many public and cultural events that take place downtown encourage participants to use bike, transit or walk and leave the car at home.

My only complaint with Hamilton's current plans are the spacing of stops in the central city. I think we need to add stops at King/Locke, King/Paradise and the Delta.

The density and destinations in those areas make it very viable to add a few stops.

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