Does anyone get the same feeling of political desperation that your agent does concerning the new light-rail project?
All this was prompted by seeing the field of bus-transfer stalls being constructed at Tunney’s Pasture, the end of the Confederation Line. That’s where most of the buses in the west end will drop their transferring passengers to go to the train.
Perhaps politicians in 2018 fear that all those transfers will be angry people who once had a bus route that took them straight downtown. And that they will be freezing their toes or roasting in heat waiting for the train or the bus.
And what of those snowy nights when traffic is snarled and the mess of buses are off-schedule and chaos reigns at Tunney’s?
The desperation is in the question of when construction can start on Phase 2 as quickly as possible because the Confederation Line will be a mass of transfers and disgruntled passengers.
The year 2018 is when the next municipal election will be held and when the Confederation Line opens. That problem at Tunney’s translates into lost votes.
The question commuters will be asking is: “We paid $2.1 billion for this? An extra transfer and this mess?”
That’s why extending the line as soon as possible is critically important to nervous incumbent municipal politicians.
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