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By jasonaallen (registered) - website | Posted November 02, 2010 at 14:39:36

Pxtl - your point about the 5c is well taken (as is Mogadon's) - I entered My home, and Westmount Secondary into Google's trip planner (because HSR's wouldn't load), and it took me there in 50 minutes by bus. In terms of my usual commute, again it's a shorter time, but on a much less pleasant vehicle (say what you will, but I will take a trip on a GO coach with armrests/reclining seats/air vent over an HSR bus any day). The challenge, which relates directly to Mogadon's point, is that it's 3.5 km or so, using my rough estimate off the google map. Granted that 50 minutes includes a 5-10 minute walk on either end, but I know back when I was in top 'hiking' form, I could have handled 3.5 km and the elevation involved in just under an hour. I wouldn't want to try it now, and I certainly wouldn't want to do it every day - but the idea is that Transit should probably be faster than walking.

I don't believe this is a 'if they build it, they will come' scenario, but rather an "I will take local transit when economic realities pry my steering wheel out of my cold dead hands" scenario. Those economic realities may be well on their way.

I appreciate Turbo's hopefullness about technological solutions, and we will once again have to agree to disagree (respectfully) on that point. I'm concerned about oil supplies not just in terms of what will happen with the absolute volume of oil in the ground, but with things like geopolitical instability and sovereign debt collapse which (fingers crossed that they don't) may just precede any opportunity to develop technological adaptions.

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