Comment 41263

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted May 28, 2010 at 23:23:17

Imagine if this city had the intestinal fortitude to make the sweeping changes necessary in one fell swoop... like actually convert a WHOLE street two-way at once!

The last time I was at a placement in Toronto, I remember talking to a co-worker from the Ancaster area about LRT.. the ONLY information that stuck in her mind about it was "Yeah, I heard something about closing King street off donwtown and making it all LRT and no traffic if we get LRT, so I don't think it's a good idea."

That's all that stuck in her head from hearing bits and pieces - probably coming from a Spec headline as retold.

But as we talked, I was able to provide more information and change her perspective. We were riding the GO train at the time, so that also helped to point out some of the differences between LRT and GO trains... at the end of it, one more person had a totally different perspective about the benefits of transit and what that might mean for Hamilton.

Sometimes all it takes is one conversation to start changing people's perspectives... and on this topic, I think a lot of information has to be said just in conversation... "how wonderful is _________ that's happening because of the two-way conversion" as opposed to all the grumbling about the commuting time.

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