This whole LRT discussion has really shown how much our media rely on controversy to sell papers.
The Spectator recently published some opinion pieces from their editors praising LRT, but the actual news articles always have misinformation about LRT to try to drum up controversy.
Today's piece says that if we get BRT east of Ottawa Street it won't mean restricting left-turns along the route. Um, yes it will.
Whether it's BRT or LRT, the median, transit-only lane design will be used and cars won't be allowed to drive in the transit lanes. Left turns will still be available at signaled intersections.
Has nobody at the paper actually read the transit study reports on the RT website? Is it intentional spin as a last-ditch effort to sell papers?
I know I'm only one person, but their strategy backfired on this former subscriber. I canceled my subscription when this sort of misinformation become commonplace and will never renew it unless the paper becomes relevant again - and I love newspapers. I would choose a newspaper over online media, TV or radio.
Speaking of radio, today on CHML Bill Kelly had some hilarious calls from residents who clearly know nothing about LRT (or Hamilton).
He was happy to listen to comments stating that all of Hamilton's jobs are on the Mountain in business parks and nobody works downtown; or that without a massive free parking lot at McMaster there would be zero riders getting on and off there.
One caller said (I'm quoting from memory), "There's nowhere to park at Mac, so who do they expect will be getting on the trains there? There won't be any riders."
Another caller said, "Their ridership projections are pure bull. I work downtown and don't know a single professional who takes the bus."
Kelly didn't issue a single correction, even though he knows that our downtown houses more jobs than anywhere else in the city and that McMaster will in all likelihood be the busiest piece of the corridor in the same way it currently is with our bus system.
He asked repeatedly, "Where are all the pro-LRT people?"
We may be listening, sir, but we're not taking the bait. I'll happily engage in thoughtful discussion, but I won't be a pawn used to drive up ratings.
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