Comment 26719

By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted September 25, 2008 at 20:16:09

brodiec: "What I find odd here is that the LRT or BRT will likely be aligned along Main St anyhow."

Indeed, for most of the commentators here, that's precisely the problem. We don't want that. What we want is - ideally - for the train to connect Westdale Village and Mac with the downtown core.

brodiec: "And no doubt students will be falling over themselves to use their u-pass on a train."

If those students are on a tight schedule, I wouldn't bet on it. True, it's much more pleasant to take a train compared to a bus, but I'm not sure how many students would be willing to significantly lengthen their commutes to do so.

For my part, I was too busy for that, and any free time I had would have been used more constructively than on a detour train-ride commute down a busy highway. It's not my idea of a pleasure trip.

It is rumored, however, that the city has plans to densify that corridor, which makes the Main route a tad more sensible than otherwise. If the city has no concrete zoning changes planned for Main, or if, like so much else, these plans never materialize, I think we can expect the system from downtown westward to be underused and therefore very expensive for the city to run. Guess those property taxes aren't high enough, that we can afford to throw our money away on expensive, half-empty "rapid" transit "service".

Not that I buy that it's entirely the city's fault. I'm with Ryan in that the politics are very much "tit for tat," back and forth, east/centre v. west/ Dundas.

I'm not on campus anymore, but would be curious to know if/when transit became an MSU issue.

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