Finally it appears the light rail route through the west end is set in stone but for the good people at the Unitarian Church, the nearby daycare and its seniors home.
So what do we have at the end of this great clash of ideas?
A mass transit line where no people live being tunnelled through a park (the tunnelling is at no cost) and a line buried under downtown with so many funds expended building it that the line is too short to be very useful. As well, not to forget that most everyone travelling downtown will pick up a transfer from buses to light rail and there’s no sign that problem will be alleviated soon. Oh yes and massive multi-million underground stations to be built in the future downtown when a surface route station would be the cost of a bench and a shelter.
Phase 2 and other phases are driven so far into the future that they will be useless to the great baby-boomer bulge in the future. All those people will be dead or retired.
And then there’s the issue of running 2,500 buses a day a few feet from people’s homes in Hintonburg.
Here’s the question.
Had the public known about this astonishing waste of billions of dollars beforehand (oh yes but Double-A baseball was too expensive), would voters have supported this route?
Or is the public so apathetic that voters simply don’t care?
Former mayor Larry O’Brien ran a campaign to push the reset button on the Chiarelli plan saying it was inefficient and wasteful. Then O’Brien produces a too-short line at triple the cost.
Even more shocking is that Mayor Jim Watson supported it.
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