The MHBPNA Blog has faithfully announced the public information sessions regarding the transit plans. Your Blogster even attending the session in downtown Kitchener a couple of weeks back and was welcomed by the following sign:
There was a lot of information, most of which is available on the region’s website. Here is an example of their display:
They had a film playing and lots of large engineering diagrams of how the tracks would integrate with the various streets. Cookies and coffee were also present.
Here are some thoughts I had:
–The LRT looks nice and I’m one of its prime candidates. I currently use the iExpress when I travel from my home in downtown Kitchener to my job at the Research Park north of the U of Waterloo. I like the idea of the nice quite, comfortable train where I might be able to get a seat. Currently, the iExpress is often full of students and it is quite noisy.
–On the other hand, why don’t they just run more iExpress busses, or get articulated ones that could carry double the load? This simple solution was not addressed at all.
–The current plans for the LRT would drop off people at the edge of Conestoga Mall instead of right next to the door which the current busses do. None of the “planners” sounded like they had really thought about this. I can’t see this kind of a system appealing to anyone (except the very young) to leave their car at home when they go to the mall shopping.
–I like the idea of the LRT, but I also think the panic about how many more people we are going to get in our cities, and how they will overwhelm the roads, is a little hyperbolic. If you drive around, the only areas that are constantly crammed with cars are the roads in and out of the city, yet this transit does nothing for that congestion. Widening the road to the 401 helps which is what they are doing.
–I was surprised by how convincing the “planners” were about LRT, yet the actual figures of bus riders were not available.
–I hope everyone reads the material online, or at one of the presentations and lets our representatives know how you feel.