Comment 53300

By SpaceMonkey (registered) | Posted December 19, 2010 at 14:28:12

George, Ensure to include a read about what the majority of the public thinks of LRT in Kitchener/Waterloo when doing your research/education. This post is not meant to suggest LRT is a bad idea. As I've mentioned before, I like the concept of LRT and improving public transit.
I think Mr Meister raised a good point. This post is meant to balance George's opinion of people's apparent preference. I don't think many people would try to argue that they prefer to ride buses over LRT. I think the debate is more about if LRT is the right solution, at the right time, in the right place.

From Therecord.com
Waterloo council may withdraw support for electric trains on city streets, after the public railed against the rapid transit proposal during the municipal election.

Councillors elected Oct. 25 met for the first time Monday for an orientation session. They said that they heard loud and clear on the doorstep that residents oppose light rail transit (LRT), a plan endorsed by the outgoing council.

“There’s a sense in the community that LRT is not the way to go,” Coun. Mark Whaley said. He was surprised by the strong opposition.

“I really think we have an obligation to let the region know what’s on the minds of the citizens of Waterloo,” he said.

“In uptown Waterloo, it was ‘no’ to LRT and ‘no’ to amalgamation,” said Melissa Durrell, one of two new members elected to city council.

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