Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province?

Responses to the question: "Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province?"

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Brown, David No This question is flawed, in that the Province is not proposing to provide full capital funding for a Light Rail Transit system. I compare the Council Resolution that was passed to saying that I would like to drive a Ferrari if someone else pays for it. Public Transit infrastructure is expensive and to support a higher order transit system, the City must increase ridership to the point where we can finance a rapid transit system on the basis of ridership and demand. Today we do not have those numbers. It would be my goal to focus on improving service levels to increase ridership so that we would then be in a position to determine the feasibility of rapid transit including Light Rail.
Storm, Larry No I am of the opinion that when everything is ready that the province will back out of the commitment. No contract has been signed. I am also of the opinion that the route is flawed. There are parts of the planned route that wouldn't allow any traffic other than the rail cars. This is not good planning. The argument that there will be an economic boom at stops may be true, but what about the businesses along the route that will lose business because ease of ingress and egress to their parking lots will significantly reduced.

We need a now solution to improving transit to all the communities. The near term answer would be more buses, more hybrid buses and bi-articulating buses and implementing all the BLAST routes for under 100 million.

If we can start BLAST as first a bus system and then look at LRT/BRT as evolutions of the system. I think we need to build ridership before we look at LRT, because as I mentioned the province is not as eager as they were before the election.

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Collins, Chad
Rusich, George