Comment 47194

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 04, 2010 at 10:11:53

I'm with demosthenes.

LRT, in the long run, is cheaper. But in the short run, is unbelievably expensive. If the Pan-Am stadium could physically jump around town the way it is now doing so politically, it would be a fraction of the cost.

I'm not saying we shouldn't build LRT. We should. But it's something we have to get right. Moving a line that wasn't drawn properly will be next to impossible, unlike BRT where shifting a few stops would be simple. We have busses already, but an LRT would have to be built from scratch. And if we go with some of the suggested routes (eg: Rymal Rd. and the Airport), there is a very good chance that large parts of the system will become a national joke and turn politicians off any further LRT support.

BRT, as a substitute for LRT, would be a bad idea. But so would throwing out the idea of BRT because some people use it that way in arguments against transit spending. It isn't a contest between bikes, busses and trains. It' a contest between all three of those and cars.

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