Comment 46958

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted September 01, 2010 at 08:15:13

On the financial merits of LRT, its knock-on effects, I've always deferred to those who clearly have a better grasp on the issues than I. Such as Editor Ryan. What I can proffer is an opinion as a lifelong mass transit/public transit user who's had the chance to use various cities' systems in various countries around the world. (As a resident, I feel the need to add, and not as a tourist/traveller, which is a different experience altogether.)

BRT is another animal entirely from LRT. Both in perception and in experience. I throw my lot in with those who are able to appreciate the differences, and understand that if we're going to accomplish a shift away from a car-centric culture, we need to be thinking if not in a wholesale paradigm-shift, then at the very least in an appreciable one.

Migration from cars to transit (the underpinnings of which form a contentious discussion unto itself) falls in the 'provide something 'sexier' category of what I believe needs to happen for substantive change to occur, and I do not believe that BRT provides this.

Maybe this notion cannot be quantified easily, maybe it's tough to put a dollar value on the advantages of LRT. But if you are realistic and acknowledge the enormity of the task attached to reinventing people's mindsets, then I believe that when it comes down to it, there really is only one choice...and it ain't buses.

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2010-09-01 07:42:11

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