Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Brampton council rejects downtown LRT

Brampton city councillors voted early Wednesday to reject a controversial transit project that would have seen an LRT route run along Main St. through the city’s downtown.

At about 1:30 a.m., council voted 7-4 to reject the Main St. plan that Queen’s Park had approved.

Cries of “shame” and promises of retribution rang out from the…


Squiggles said...

Having driven down that street on Friday for a pre-wedding trip to a nail salon, all I gotta say is "Woo" and "Hoo"! That road is way too narrow for them to even consider building an LRT.

Picture Highway 2 through Whitby downtown: essentially 1 lane in each direction and some parking along the sides. Add in a narrower sidewalk than in Whitby? Not possible.

If they were going to do this, the only way would be to create several blocks of just a pedestrian way (a la Stephen Ave in Calgary) and divert cars to the surrounding roads.

Anonymous said...

LRT doesn't need much space. In some towns in Europe they trundle along very close to sidewalks with no issues. I think projected ridership was the issue here. As with most mid-sized towns the downtown is not heavily populated - hence the kibosh.

It does seem as if Brampton get;s shafted a lot on transit. Their GO service is minimal. And the province was footing the bill for this so why not shoehorn it in somewhere at least?